The Ten-Year Plan

Everyone knows that the most commonly asked questions for high school students, especially seniors, is “Where do you see yourself in x number of years?” Well, even if the question is trite, the fact of the matter is, it is interesting to imagine. 

Asking students where they see themselves in the future gives everyone an idea of what they want to do when they are older and who they want to become. Though being a senior this year has definitely been rough for most, they still have hopes and dreams for themselves as they graduate and move on. 

The most common answers to this question are “I’ll be working,” or “I don’t know.” However, some seniors do know where they want to be and what they want to be doing. 

Take senior Lexus Lawlor for example. She said, “I hope to have a Master’s degree by then and hopefully be starting a career in management.” By then, most seniors are going to be nearly thirty years old so that plan makes sense. 

A similar answer came from Ian Scheidel, who said, “[I’ll be] living in an apartment in Chicago with myself or a family, working as a forensic lab technician for the Chicago Police Department. Hopefully, by then I will have gotten a Master’s.”

It seems as if a common trend is that seniors see themselves with a career, and to continue with that trend Monica Kinzie believes that she will “have a career that allows [her] to travel. [She] won’t have any responsibilities [kids or husband]. [She] will for sure have a good closet of clothes, though.”

Camryn Asper sees herself graduated with a major in accounting and a minor in entrepreneurship. She said, “I want to work at one of the big eight accounting firms for a few years and then hopefully be starting my own firm.”

Erica Mutschler has a different kind of career plan than Camryn, as she wants to “have a steady job in the medical field helping people every day.” She also stated that she sees herself with a rich husband. 

Finally, Liz Reoch believes that she will “maybe just be married and be some sort of English or language arts teacher.” She also added that she doesn’t see herself with any kids by then, but maybe in the next couple of years. 

Overall, it appears a number of seniors are on the same path for the next ten years: college,  a job, maybe married and maybe having kids. While this may be influenced by family life, they all have their own dreams for themselves. So, where do you see yourself in ten years?

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