Seniors plan for future


photo or infographic by Cenia Moreira

THE ROAD TO SUCCESS. Seniors are making a lot of decisions about their future. College, work or military service? They all could be the road to success.

With only nine weeks left, seniors have to start picking their future and make plans now. Over the summer, and throughout the school year, the graduating class of 2022 has sent in many college applications, and some have even enlisted in the military. With only a few more months before graduation, they only have limited time to pick their future. They can taste the freedom but they have to zone in and finish school, while picking their future. There is a lot of pressure on them to pass their classes and while also having their lives at the age of 17 or 18.

“Unlike many other people in my grade, I do not plan on going into the army or college,” senior Shane Gorthy said. “I am putting in a lot of hours at work at the moment, and I’m getting paid decently. I haven’t even graduated yet and I have had the opportunity to make almost as much as some parents.”

Gorthy has thought about going to college but he does not see where people define it as mandatory. He is hard at work and still has a long successful future ahead of him. Many other seniors are planning on doing both college and work.

“I have yet to decide what college I am going to go to, but I do know that I am going to work in construction while I am at college,” senior Carlos Elizarraras said. “I want to be an architect, and I am trying to gain experience while working construction,  and honestly I have wanted to be an architect since I was young, I’m just surprised I got to become one so soon.”

Although many high school students believe that they have two options after high school, join the military or go to college, senior Elizabeth Flowers thinks more into the future.

‘I have decided to go to college at Sam Houston, which is a very big step for me,” Flowers said. “I am already planning on getting a job while at college, but I am more worried about what I am going to do after college. Then I will have to start getting yearly salary paychecks instead of getting paid $10 an hour. For me, that is scarier than graduating high school.”

One thing that all the seniors are keeping in consideration, is that no decision is permanent, but others are excited to choose this decision because they have been waiting for so long to do so.

“It was a very hard decision to make, but I have chosen to be a veterinarian at Texas A&M,” senior Lindsey Pipes said. “It is kind of scary to realize that everything that I have decided these past few weeks can determine the rest of my life. I just hope it turns out the way I have dreamed it to.”