The Times asked 18 high school seniors about their plans, and only one said he was undecided about his future. Others said they planned or aspired to pursue careers in psychology, medicine, photography and other fields. How about you? What are your goals? When you look into the future, where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
The Times Magazine’s interactive feature “High-School Seniors Predict Their Future” includes photographs of the 18 students who were interviewed, all from Patrick Henry High School in San Diego, along with audio clips of them talking about their goals. One student, Nathan Rebelo, age 17, said this:
When I get older I want to be an architect. I really, like, just designing homes, and my ultimate goal in life is just to be driving somewhere downtown and just be, like — like, show my kids or my family — just be, like: ‘I designed that building, that is me right there. I have my own stamp on life.’ Next year I’m hoping to go to U.S.C., so my fingers are crossed to get accepted. If I don’t get into U.S.C., I’m kind of just hoping for a school out of San Diego – really kind of just want to spread my wings, kind of. I don’t want to say I want to get away from my family, but I really just want to get on my own and discover who I am and be able to kind of be who I want to be without worrying about who’s going to say this or, just, the judgment of high school.
Students: Tell us about your personal goals. When you look 10 years ahead, where do you see yourself? What do you want to be doing with your career and life, and why? What are your dreams and aspirations in addition to specific goals? If you’re undecided, why do you think that is?
Questions about issues in the news for students 13 and older.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Thinking too much about the future can be traumatizing though we cannot live without focus. We always evaluate our previous achievement and extrapolate them into the future world. Certainly, thinking about the future is unsuccessful and incomplete with various contradictory questions. Though there are various challenges on a daily basis, certainly we cannot stop to think and plan on our future progress. Failing to plan directly translates to planning to fail. Where do I see myself in ten years, is a typical and relevant question for any teenagers who are aspiring for a decent life. Though it was difficult to think about the future, however, living in hopes that tomorrow will be better today is imperative. Wishful thinking always prospers in life. Ten years can easily move faster when there are no organized plans for the period. However, the same decades can be a challenge for busy minds. Conversing about the present is much easier because there are ready facts and evidence to back the claims. However, the much we can do with ten years from today is setting goals and anticipating the outcome. Ten years from now, I would have graduated and perfected my resume to land me to my desired career.
Ten years from now is adequately enough time to enable me to realize my dream home. I have desired to establish my palatial residential home, with a beautiful backyard. Having learned the value of trees in human health, I would carefully decorate my home with sweet-scented trees and flowers. Meanwhile, a small vegetable garden would not miss within the compound. Fruits trees like mangoes, oranges, and avocados would form a nice hut in the compound to provide shade for my family. The shade will be incomplete without the contribution of birds singing their loud melodious songs right furthest end of the trees. My puppy will be there waiting to collect any fallen fruits from the trees and hand them over to my garden boy. I would not hesitate to spend my weekend under these natural shade with my family. Though raising my kids will be longer than ten years. However, I am optimistic about my first born celebrating her third day towards the end of my tenth-year dream. I hopefully dream of providing steadfast love, educational requirements, and security to them.
My vision in ten years from today will be complete with securing a decent job. I have not aspired to start my firm. Though my financial obligation would be met through my salary, I always respect and value how our government remunerates and appreciate professionals. Most importantly, I simply need to finish my course and get admitted into the employment system as a star. Working ten hours in a day is often my dream. It coincides with my ten-year dream. The weekends will be devoted for exclusive family bonding and exposure. I believe, in ten years, my stress of meeting different demands shall have reduced significantly. I will have more time to socialize and go out with my family and friends. I will not regret spending much of my time watching various TV channels and taking naps. Sincerely, I will be compensating myself for having worked tirelessly hard to meet my desires and dreams. I am therefore committed today to realize the better outcome of my ten-year dream. I am time conscious now and struggling to spend each day wisely to better results. Now I depend on my parents for upkeep in college. Devote almost sixteen hours a day to learn and submit my assignments. I am driven by determination and passion for dream.