One of McMahon’s main goals is to make sure students are ready to go to college. Are they sure that every student wants that?
When college is in the equation of a student’s life, they tend to lean towards 3 specific reasons why:
Now, whenever someone says one of these 3 reasons, other perspectives come into the equation. A main question that pops up is, what about the rest of us?
Who are the rest of us? Believe it or not, there are few of us who aren’t as knowledgeable about the benefits of college compared to others. It could be as simple as not knowing how to sign up for scholarships, to not understanding the factor that there are more options than college for a happy life.
If we were to gather some concerns from the students and staff here at McMahon, it would mainly circle around the base of knowledge. As expressed in the video above, there are many visionaries, but there isn’t enough attention treated to all of them.
Finances aren’t the best either. School is expensive, even if you currently go for free. But we can’t keep on putting the blame on whoever we want.
But before we go ahead and try to fix every little problem, we have to remember that high school does not define your life. So if you’re stressing about any little aspect, remember the reason why. If you want to go into the arts, go ahead and stress about that one solo piece. Sports? Work on inner and physical strength. Academics are just as important- or at least will be if you have a strong foundation. (I’m not an expert myself, so I can’t waste your time telling you what to do.)
For the student reading this at McMahon or honestly any student in general, remember: we are the beginning to something new. We are a diverse school, and that can apply to all aspects. We need to work on at least addressing all the different talents in this school. We’re not saying Academics aren’t important, because everyone can benefit from them. It’s about balance.
It always starts with you. Believe it or not, there are at 86% of college graduates in the US that still don’t have a steady career. You’re not alone. Realize what you want out of your future and focus on that first.
Remember that college isn’t for everyone. Don’t waste two years at NCC only to end up at Walmart as a dropout and thinking that you’re a failure. Don’t just go to NCC either just because it’s the cheaper option.
You’ve gotta plan ahead. This can’t be stressed enough. Know your limits as well. If you didn’t do the best grade wise for the past two years for example, it might not be the wisest to apply to only Ivy Leagues.
These are just some things to think about, because who am I to determine your future? I’m still trying to figure out my own.
Let me be cliche one more time: don’t give up on yourself.