YOUNG VOICES: High school seniors will leap into adulthood

2013-04-22T00:00:00Z YOUNG VOICES: High school seniors will leap into adulthoodBy Caelainn Crnjak nwitimes.com
April 22, 2013 12:00 am  • 

For thousands of high school seniors, me included, high school is soon to become just memories. We are about to take a major leap into “the adult world,” whether it is college or the workforce.

I have written several other pieces on education and preparing for college, but it is no longer just a thought or an article; it is reality. All of us now have to trust that we are prepared to venture on this journey, no matter what path it takes us on, and hope we will swim instead of sink.

It is time we stop hiding under the shelter of our parents, and start trying to live for us. Yes, this is terrifying, but personally, I have never felt so scared for something I am this excited about. The gist of it is, we need to let go of our “security blankets” and pop the pretty little bubbles we have lived in over the past 18 years because, folks, we have a major game change in the near future.

For those of us on the way to college or trade school, we get to hold onto some of our innocence for a little longer because we still need our parent’s help -- no matter how much we do not want to admit it!

On the other hand, for those entering the workforce, it is time to learn how to survive in the world. This is the group of people who have not really been acknowledged in my past articles. These next few months are going to be like taking a bath in ice water: shocking and painful.

In the end, we all are becoming adults, some just faster than others. Is it going to be difficult? Yes, but this is the time we are going to become the people we want to be.

These years are going to hold some of the best and worst memories of our lives because we are going to be on our own in a way that we have never been before. What we will learn on this journey of becoming adults is how wonderful life really is, and even though this first path might have some rough moments, most of us would not have it any other way.

Caelainn Crnjak of Dyer is a senior at Lake Central High School. The opinions are the writer's.

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