by Cynthia Keever

So you’re a junior now. Your relatives are asking you about your college plans. Your school is sending you on field trips to colleges, so you can get a better idea of what it’s like. Your peers are excited for four years of getting up early and having a wonderful day on a brand new campus in a brand new area. While you’re sitting on the sideline, unsure of what your future holds, and unsure of whether or not you want to pay all of those big bucks for another four years of school. Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s your decision, and not anybody else's. If you want to go to college, that’s great! You can meet new friends, go on an entirely new path to a future unknown. If you don’t want to go to college, good for you! You can get a job, buy a house, have the satisfaction of having your own family. Or you can wait. You can get a job right out of High School, you can work and work for a few years, or maybe just one, and then you can settle on a two or four year college in whatever area you wish. No matter what your choice is, whether you’re staying on a college campus, doing online courses, or just blowing off some steam and waiting, your life is exactly that; YOURS. So don’t let anybody tell you what to do with your future. You’re the only person who should be choosing what you want to live with for the rest of your life. Professor Xavier once said “...Countless choices define our fate: each choice, each moment, a moment in the ripple of time. Enough ripple, and you change the tide... for the future is never truly set”.