YOUNG VOICES: High school seniors, chase your dreams

2012-12-31T00:00:00Z YOUNG VOICES: High school seniors, chase your dreamsBy Jaylen Johnson nwitimes.com
December 31, 2012 12:00 am  • 

Right now it’s very busy and hectic for high school seniors. Many are finishing their applications and applying to college. Many students are getting letters from the colleges they applied to, saying the college will offer them admission. Some colleges are sending letters that say they can’t offer admission to the student.

This can be a very exciting, but stressful, time for high school seniors. Seniors have many other crucial things to worry about during this time. Some of those things are school work, a job, GPA, ACT and SAT test scores, and being a part of clubs, community involvement and other activities.

I have been accepted to three colleges. Over winter break I will finish two more applications. Unfortunately, I was told by my No. 1 choice that they will not offer me admission.

I will not let that get me down. I know I can achieve my goal even though this was a minor roadblock. When I received that letter through the mail, I was working on a scholarship application for another college. By not filling out that application, I would be letting the chance of getting very important scholarship money pass me by. I live by the phrase "Carpe diem," which means "seize the day." I know it would be smart to fill out and complete the application just in case I ended up going to that college.

I’m not sure which college I will attend and graduate from, but I know it’s best to fill out free scholarship applications and apply for scholarships. At one college I have $70,000 worth of scholarship money. Also, at another college I have $40,000 worth of scholarship money.

I plan on graduating from college with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. By achieving this, I will know I can do anything. Also, I would be ready to enter the workforce, ready to find a full time job. Getting this degree can happen at a couple different colleges, in which I could take a couple different routes.

My teacher’s daughter was the winner of the prestigious National Merit Scholarship. Every college offers a different amount of money for the National Merit Scholarship. They looked at and searched every college to see what college would offer the most amount of scholarship money.

Whatever your dream is, go for it. Some of my classmates have no plans whatsoever of going to college. Some of my peers will try to join the military or will look for a job as soon as they graduate. Sometimes you just have to be patient. But in the end, things will work out for you.

Do what is best for you. You can do anything you put your mind to.

Jaylen Johnson of Merrillville is a senior at Calumet New Tech High School. The opinion expressed in this column is the writer's.

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