Choosing my high school options
Image Credit: Brendan Church
Are you feeling lost and worried about what you’re going to do in the future?
Society puts a lot of pressure on the shoulders of young people. From an early age, you’re asked the time old question “what do you want to be when you grow up?”
At five years old your aspirations are impressive and imaginative, like a policeman or an astronaut. Then high school comes around fast, and so do the pressures of picking the right subjects to study, which can be one of the most challenging decisions.
After that, you have to decide what to do after you finish high school. This is something I defiantly struggled with.
Things aren't always so black and white.
Having my life predetermined until this point; first going to primary school, then secondary school. You're given a set timetable to follow, showing you when and where to go. But after this stage, things aren't always so black and white.
It is okay to feel worried, scared, and anxious when you have to start making decisions and choices for yourself. I have been in the same position as you, and it can seem daunting.
Here are a few things that helped me in the process of picking what to study.
Pray and talk to your friends
Praying for guidance and reassurance for your future, being patient, and talking to your friends, are things that are really helpful.
You are able to create ideas, and give each other the motivation and comfort needed, in this process.
Most of the time they feel the same way you do, and need prayer and somebody to talk things through with.
Do some research
Take some time to pause and go through the options. Do some research into them, and find out whether it’s something that you'd enjoy.
It's defiantly worth looking into the job roles that each option may offer after further education.
For example, if you were to choose media studies, it could lead to a job in film, tv, or radio. And if that's something that lights a flame in you, then media studies would be a good option.
It is better to test the waters and do the groundwork while you can, rather than dropping out later because you didn’t enjoy it.
Talk to the teachers
Finally, talk to the teachers that will teach the course. Ask them as many questions as you can, and in most cases, they will have taster sessions where you can get a feel for what will be taught.
These are so beneficial and will help you decide almost straight away. You know when something feels right.
It might feel unnecessary, but after you've done it, you'll realise how helpful it was in making your final, and now informed, decision.
Think of the rest of your high school journey as stepping stones to your future.
A lot of people struggle with finding what they want to do in the future. They will find it, it just takes time.