Be Prepared- How Does High School Help You Survive in the ‘Real World’?

GRACE KNUTSEN

Leaving high school is, according to many teenagers, a defining moment of growing up.  Throughout high school, you’ll likely rely on your parents or guardians for life’s essentials: food, clothing, shelter, and, if you’re lucky, a little spending money.  Soon, however, you’ll be on your own and making your own decisions for what might be the first time in your life, and one of the first decisions you’ll make is what to do after high school – will you go to college, enter the armed forces, join an apprenticeship program, or start working right away?  Will high school prepare you to make such a decision?  

Your four years here at CHS will give you many of the skills you will need to start your adult life (despite popular opinion, school isn’t a complete waste of time!). Through high school, you’ll receive a basic foundation of math, sciences, literature, and social studies.  These core classes, paired with assorted electives such as foreign languages, fine arts, technical arts, music classes, and child development courses, may help you figure out what kind of career you’re interested in pursuing, or at least, what career path you may not want to follow.  In high school, you’ll learn how to communicate and collaborate with your peers, develop good study habits that will help you with college and work deadlines (i.e. don’t procrastinate), and meet people from diverse backgrounds, which will help broaden your perspective on life.  These skills, as well as many others, are beneficial in preparing you for life after high school.  

All in all, high school can provide students with great educational opportunities, and it’s up to you how much effort you’ll put in and what you’ll get out of it.  Next time you sit in class daydreaming about how you will never use what you’re learning in real life, think about what real life really entails.  These four years will prepare you for adult life in various ways, you just have to put in the effort to get there

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