From the moment I stepped foot on campus and unpacked my clothes, my life has seemingly been flipped upside down and turned around. I thought I knew what I wanted out of my life…silly me.
In a sense...
My “plans” have not completely changed. I still want to move out west – Wyoming or Oregon, possibly California – and I will continue my pursuit of photography until the day I die. Maybe I will be fortunate enough to open a gallery of my work to help boost print sales; and if that were to somehow take off enough, maybe I would be able to pursue photography as a full-time career. I will no doubt chase after that dream like a dog after its own tail. But I have no idea as of right now if it will even happen.
The uncertainty kills me…
My biggest issue with the school system today is that we simply are not exposed to enough of the real world. I am 19 now and I do not have a damn clue how to do my taxes. Give me a check to fill out and I shall return to you a blank stare. You’re probably laughing at me right now and I do not blame you at all. It’s sad that I do not know these basic life skills. But what’s worse is that they aren’t taught in high school. Sports take top priority with your four basic subjects following behind. Life skills should be a mandated class by at least sophomore year.
The other issue…
We aren’t exposed to enough in terms of the types of careers we can feasibly pursue. Name the first five jobs you can think of. I bet many of you think of doctor, policeman, firefighter, astronaut, and teacher. But what about jobs such as neurosurgeon, art administrator, psychiatrist? Yes, they may be heard of more often nowadays but do you remember having heard about them in elementary or middle school? I don’t.
We should have been exposed to tons of jobs during these vital years of learning. And when we got to high school, we should have had to do internships with who we thought had a career we wanted. Two each year with them lasting three months. At least we would have a better idea as to what we would go to college for and how we would accomplish everything needed. But if we did that, colleges wouldn’t have as many students changing majors or coming back for another four or more years.
The number of people that are unhappy with their jobs – but feel stuck in life – would drastically decrease.
What a shame.