Straight Outta High School

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An article that I wrote for my school newspaper during my sophomore year of high school in which I give the graduating class of 2016 some college advice

Submitted: December 09, 2017

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Straight Outta High School

By: Vedant A

Seniors from (school name omitted) are soon attending their graduation ceremony at the University of North Florida (UNF) on May 20, 2016, where they will be awarded their hard-earned and long-awaited diploma. An overwhelming majority of seniors have been attending (school name ommited) for the past four years (2012-16) and with graduation right around the corner, it can be assumed that most of them have long plans for college and beyond. So, The (school newspaper name) sets out to ask them to shed some light on their future goals as well as some advice from not only seniors but also from (name omitted), an English teacher at (school name omitted), for rising graduates as well as other students about college.

First of all, choosing between colleges can be a long process that requires lots of considerations, such as your major, amount of tuition money, and location. Brandyn (last name omitted), a Class of 2016 Graduate, currently feels tentative about attending two years of college at St. Johns River State College before studying for an additional two years at the University of Central Florida in the hope of becoming a doctor, bringing him closer towards his goal to “make six figures!” His advice to students is to decide on a major before they search for a college. (teacher name omitted) similarly recommends attending a state university “to keep tuition, room, and board expenses to a minimum,” he exclaims. “At all costs, avoid applying for a VISA or Mastercard until you have established a reasonably well-paying job!”

Leaving your friends and family after graduation can be hard. Brandyn (last name omitted) admits that his biggest fear of college is not knowing what lies ahead of him in life. (teacher name omitted) also feels bittersweet about the seniors leaving for college since while he’s glad they will have “the best four years of their lives”; he will miss seeing their “friendly waves and high-fives”. He tells seniors that it’s alright to experience homesickness and advises them to come visit home if they feel that way.

There is, however, a solution to this common dilemma, the answer is social media! The recent and constant expansion of social media can now allow graduates to interact with fellow friends and family from the comfort of their dorm room. Not only does this spare them from having to purchase costly tickets to come visit, but it can also prevent the loss of old connections with friends and family as social media can “simulate just being there with friends and family,” according to (teacher name omitted). Brandyn (last name omitted) plans on staying in contact with friends and family by phone. Lucky for him, some of his friends will be attending the same college as him.

While it’s great that social media allows for college students to reconnect with their old friends and family, the best part of attending college is getting to make new friends from various backgrounds and locations. (teacher name omitted) describes that during his senior year in college, he lived with some “great people” at a four-story walk-up in the center of the city downtown. They would spend their weekends together hiking, camping, and attending several concerts with performances from musicians, such as Bonnie Raitt, The Clash, and Joan Jett and The Blackhearts. “It was a lot of fun!” (teacher name omitted) exclaims. Brandyn (last name omitted) also looks forward to meeting new people at college. “The thing that excites me the most about college is that you have more of a variety of different things, the freedom, and the girls!”

One of the most important life lessons that college teaches is how to improve your time-management skills that ensure some study time but also some leeway for social time. (teacher name omitted) advices enjoying your social life at college without over-doing it. “With regards to schoolwork,” He states some advice given by an anonymous senior: “Don’t take your foot off the gas pedal!”


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