Where Do You See Yourself In 10 Years?

River City students share their plans for college and life after graduating.

Mimi Nguyen and Mini-An Nguyen

High school is the last few years before adulthood and moving on to pursuing bigger life goals and dreams. After being together since elementary school all the way to high school, students part ways and take different paths. These paths include many factors, such as furthering education, career choices, and family life.

 

Most students plan to attend college or trade school after high school to earn a license or degree and have a source of income. Freshmen year, students may not have a clear decision on what college they want to go to, but by senior year ideas begin to form and take action.

 

Freshman Averlly Chan has a dream job of becoming a pharmacist.

 

“I want to be a pharmacist because medicine has always interested me,” Chan states. “I also want to help people and be in the medical field.”

 

In ten years, she plans on getting married between the ages of 25 and 28, and possibly have kids in her late 20’s or early 30’s.

 

In order to pursue her dreams, she is “going to try my best in all my school work, stay focused and determined on my goals, and learn more about different medical fields to make sure I can achieve my goals for the future.”

 

Freshman Trinity Hammer aspires to be a dietitian and attend UC Davis. Right when she gets out of college, she plans on starting a family which she will then be able to put her dietitian skills and tips to the test.

 

She states, “I want to be a dietitian because the knowledge is both useful for work and home, like it’ll keep myself healthy.”

 

In order to accomplish her dreams, she will be doing 4-6 more years of schooling and would refer back to her dad, her role model.

 

Some students may not have their ten years planned out until the beginning of their senior year. Angelina Maharag is a junior who plans to have her plans ready going into her last year of high school.

 

“For the rest of high school I hope by senior year I know what I want to do with my future and what my plans are. I will take classes in order for me to find my answers. For support I will go to my counselor and teachers to help and guide me.”

 

There will always be staff on campus and family members to support when it’s needed.

 

“My advice for freshmen would be: live life to the fullest and don’t be too hard on yourself if something goes wrong. Everyday is a new day, stay humble,” Maharaj shares.

 

Syed Ali, 11, wants to take business courses either online or to major in when college comes. His reason for choosing this major is that “Computer science promises a stable job.”

 

“My advice would be, kids relaxed in high school is where we all lose track but get back on it as long as we have goals. Freaking out on small mess ups, like 2 C’s, or choosing the wrong class will not affect you. There are many ways in getting to a good college where your dreams will come true. Stay dedicated,” Ali assures.

 

This year, the class of 2019 at River City will have over 450 seniors graduating. These students will be moving on with their lives, saving the memories made with their friends in their classes during the four years. Here are some students from our very own senior class with their intentions and ambitions for the next adding years.

 

“I chose this major because because dance is the only activity I have done my own four years of high school, and I want to be even better at it. Not to mention that I can use dance as a talent and hopefully use that to get where I want to be,” Hardwicke shares.

 

Jamie Ellescas, 12, is going to Sacramento City College to further her education after high school.

 

“I’ll be going to Sac City and transferring to UC Davis or SF State to major in either Biology or Nursing. Both schools have great programs and those majors offer many good career paths.”

 

Going to a community college has become more common in recent years. Students typically choose to attend a local community college to accommodate to their finance circumstances, or because they are not clear with what their certain pathway will be.

 

As words of advice about this to freshmen for their future, Ellescas said, “There’s absolutely nothing wrong with going to a community college instead of a four-year university. There are different options to suit everyone’s needs, and community college can be the best choice for some people.”

 

After college with their chosen career, students have the choice to continue their life wherever they want, whether it be in the same town they grew up, another town, or anywhere in the world.

 

“I can’t see myself living anywhere outside of California because I just love it here too much, and I definitely won’t be married with kids just yet because there are so many things I want to experience that I can’t fit within ten years. And hopefully I’ll be working as a nurse or maybe in a career with animals,” Ellescas shared.

 

Moses Alvarado is a senior who is going to the military after graduating.

 

“My plans for the rest of high school is just being able to graduate and have my mom be that support. I thought military would be more beneficial getting the education that I want since I’d be more financially stable.”

 

Alvarado’s career of choice is a place in medicine.

 

“I wanted to major in biomedicine at UC Davis because my passion has always been to be a doctor or surgeon of some sort,” he states.

 

For any freshmen who may want to hear advice from an upperclassmen, Alvarado shared, “My future advice for freshman would be to never burn your bridges and be wise about the decisions that can somehow ruin future opportunities, even if you haven’t considered them.”

 

During freshman year, students may not clearly know what they would want to do after high school and end up slacking off. But in the end, everything that you’ve ever done in high school, starting from the first day of freshman year to the last day of senior year matters, so make it count.

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