How to Figure Out What You Want to do After High School
The last couple years of high school, particularly senior year, are when you get attacked with questions about your future. Everybody wants to know what you plan to do after high school, where you’re going to college, what you’re going to major in, everybody wants to know every detail of your future. But what happens if you don’t even know the answers to those questions? Then you’re just like most high school students; welcome to the club.
What will you do after high school? Will you go to college? Take a gap year? Pursue your dreams? Get a job? Who knows? Probably not you. That’s completely okay, it’s normal not to know what you want to do with the rest of your life when you’re a teenager. There’s many options for after high school, and it’s important you find the one that best suits you. Here’s some tips on how to figure that out.
Explore your options. You can go to college, take a gap year, do some charity work, join the military. The world is your oyster; that’s both a lovely and a terrifying thought. You can do anything and everything. If you know exactly what you want to do with your life, good for you, seriously, mad props. If you don’t know though, don’t settle. Never settle.
You don’t have to necessarily find your passion. Of course it’d be awesome to find your passion, but sometimes it doesn’t work that way. Not everybody is passionate about a certain field. Regardless of what you do, make sure it’s something worth your time. Don’t sit around, twiddling your thumbs, because you don’t know what you love to do, get out there, and do something worthwhile.
If you go to college, it’s okay to not know your major. It’s not a bad idea to get your core classes out of the way and explore some majors. In doing this, you may discover something you love that you wouldn’t have otherwise come across.
Get some advice. Talk to people with varying opinions; teachers, family, guidance counselors. People are generally willing to talk to, and help out a high school student trying to find their place in life. Keep in mind the advice you’re given, but ultimately make the decisions yourself. This is your life after all.
You’ve got time, don’t worry. Time is all we got. You don’t need to know exactly what you want to do with the rest of your life. You may fall in love with a field or major, then five years later decide you don’t like it anymore. That’s okay, it’s normal. You don’t have to do the same thing your whole life.
No matter what path you choose to take after high school, make sure it’s one you feel strongly about. Understand that what is right for you, may be the exact opposite of what’s right for your friend. Everyone is different, especially when it comes to what they do with their lives. Do what makes you happy and what feels right. That’s the most important tip.
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