A Students Guide to the Real World

After graduation teenagers begin their next journey through life, encountering numerous choices, difficult obstacles, and important concerns. As one approaches the age of eighteen they become more independent and are forced to direct their own future decisions. Some may have been pushed to be successful and independent while others are stuck in quicksand and are only sinking in deeper because of the lack of knowledge. Without the guidance of experienced elders, a student may be lost in the world. As Henrik Ibsen once said, “That man is right who is most closely in league with the future”, we can understand that a person has the ability of success if they realize what they need to continue. The question of who should be one’s guidance is very significant. As I went through high school I was approached by a teacher name Ms. Fiore who I admired not only for her intelligence, but for the concern she held for her students. She persuaded me to participate in her College Preparation course, but also stated that there were only ten students in the whole high school participating. With admiration for my teacher I deliberately joined. After a completed semester I was questioning why this class is not mandatory for all students. Often many learning institutions require classes that are not essential for the future. From this course I was able to increase my standardized test scores (which many students pay up to $899); learn the difference between scholarships, grants, and loans; gain information about the use of credit cards; apply to colleges; know the importance of the FAFSA form and much more significant information. There were so many facts given that I was shocked this course was only an elective. As I finish my senior year I noticed that many students are not conversant enough and they frequently feel bombarded with future plans they do not even know how to handle. It is important to learn foreign languages, take four years of English, History and Mathematics, but it is also important that a high school assist their students when planning for their new opportunities. Many colleges take this incident into consideration when demanding an internship before they receive a degree to promise jobs and extra experience. I definitely find that the College Preparation course is a class that needs to be mandatory because of how much one can benefit.