Angela Cruz, Photographer

Many seniors are almost ready to go to college, continue their dreams, build a family for themselves, and find their career for themselves in the future. Though many others think otherwise, some seniors would like to do something different with their lives after high school instead of going to college.

Many seniors would love to go to college after high school. They believe that if you end up with a four-year degree, you’ll have more opportunities in life, like having a job that they’ll love. The better the job you have, the more money you have, the more money you have, you get to be less stressed with your bills, your food, and other things. You’ll probably have a little extra cash around you somewhere too. With that money, you can also donate to help others.

Some people think otherwise, though. Some don’t want to go to college. Many seniors around the world find a job right after high school. It seems like college isn’t for them, or some other, their families can’t afford to go to college. In the year 2016–2017 school year was about $33,480 at private colleges, $9,650 for state residents at public colleges, and $24,930 for out-of-state residents. 

Noemi Delarosa, a senior at Mariner High School, is planning to go to college. She sees herself going to college, seeing her future on where it will lead. She believes it’s the right choice for her family and everyone around her who is very close. “I’m very excited to go to college, and I see myself becoming a lawyer for my dreams.”

However, what if things changed? Where would she go if she decided not to go to college? “Most likely, I’ll get a job that gives a decent amount of money to support my family and myself.”

Trinity Hanning is another senior at Mariner. She feels pretty good about leaving the birds nest and being on her own. However, she also feels very nervous. Being on her own makes her feel uneasy, but she’s super excited to find new things, discovering new ideas, and new experiences. She feels super positive about going to college. She plans on getting scholarships and saving enough money to become successful in her future college classes, no matter how hard her adventure will be.

If you are in your senior year, think about what you will do next after high school.