The Education Report welcomes another student voice to the blog: Diamond Broussard, a junior at Skyline High School, who will occasionally contribute her musings on high school life. If other students would like to submit pieces for consideration, they can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. -Katy
As my senior friends are graduating and moving on to better things and prepping for their futures, and as they have overcome the drama of choosing a college that suits their career goal — or for that matter, any goal — my junior friends and I are beginning to have a little anxiety about the future.
Often times we are pressured by family members or friends or teachers to know exactly what we want to be and what we want to achieve in life. Although I have known since junior high school that I want to attend a university and later have a career in fashion, and more specifically own my own boutique, other classmates are unsure of what path to choose, for many reasons, but one in particular: what job is right for my GPA or IQ.
My friend Christina and I had a conversation about how important being smart is when considering colleges. I told her that she did not have to worry because whatever she did she would excel in because, quite frankly, she’s a genius. Then she made me realize that smart is not everything because while she is knowledgeable, she is unsure of how to use it. Finally she said,”I’ll probably just get a business degree or something.”
Her statement stuck out to me like a sore thumb. Why should and why do intelligent people often limit themselves to jobs in business or accounting or engineering? Furthermore, why does everyone else expect these intelligent people to follow these paths? Is being successful, i.e. having money, that important?
Many times I will see a television show in which a parent is unhappy with their child who was all set to be a lawyer or a doctor when they suddenly decided to change their career to something less, how do you say. . . profitable. Still, it makes them happy. I say reach for the stars. How amazing would one seem if they were a model, yet had a law degree?
When considering big name colleges, big name universities, and big name careers, it is beyond important to consider if these paths will give one a big smile. Simple, said, and done.