By Melanie Mercado and Tanya Soto
Class of 2018
Tanya: When our Editor-in-Chief assigned me this article about the college fair, I internally rolled my eyes. Why? Well I usually lack enthusiasm involving any school-related activities, but it was an assignment, so be it. I had to walk around the plaza (in the heat) and socialize with out-of-state college representatives.
As a young, indecisive, dubious teenager, I’ve been juggling between the choices of community college and university. I felt like community college would be much easier to apply to, and be inexpensive compared to most universities, but I’ve always dreamed of attending college in another state or perhaps another country. Attending an out-of-state university would provide me the opportunity to grow more self-reliance as well as the opportunity to satisfy my adventurous aspirations.
Surprisingly, while I was strolling around and gathering college pamphlets, I felt excited and intrigued. I felt like I have gotten more clarification on out-of-state colleges. The indecisiveness of my future has decreased. Who knows—maybe in a couple of years I’ll be in New Mexico or studying by the Hawaiian seaside.
Melanie: I know what I want to do: music. Yes, I know colleges offer music degrees, but none of them interest me. I don’t want my creativity to be restricted by a curriculum.
I’ve always leaned more toward the arts, and my parents know that. However, they expect me to continue my education after high school. They’ve always painted their “perfect” future for me: the college degree, a desk job, and the big house with a white picket fence. Of course, all of those things are nice, but what will be the point of gaining it all if I’m not happy? During this experience of going through different university and college pamphlets, I’ve come to the realization that college just isn’t for everyone and I’ve accepted that it’s not for me.
Even, if people disagree with me and tell me that I’m gonna end up in some McDonald’s working as a cashier (which is a decent job and shouldn’t be criticized) I’m going to continue to follow my musical aspirations. I will prove them all wrong because I don’t need a big college degree to be successful; there are always different options.
Honestly, as two young teenagers that have completely different perspectives, we don’t know how our educational and musical futures will eventually unravel, but isn’t that what makes life interesting? Yes, it’s completely frustrating. Yes, it’s extremely frightening, but it’s also completely and extremely okay to not know what in the world you’re doing in the future.