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¨The Good Old Days” Are Approaching

Students Express their emotions toward college, and other after high school plans.

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Growing up,heading off to college seemed to be something of far future. However for most Triton High School juniors and primarily seniors it is crunch time as to what they want to do after high school. It may feel as though people’s childhoods have flown by without warning, however now is the time students must focus on their futures.

“The college process is definitely a hassle, complicated and annoying. I can’t wait for that part to be over but once I get accepted somewhere all the stress will go away,” added senior, Onica Mooney, when asked about how she was feeling about her college application process.

A College education sets students up for successful careers and assists people to achieve any goal or aspiration they may wish for. Currently for the Triton seniors the college application process is in full swing, and the anxiety for those acceptance and or difference letters are building up.

“For some students yes, they slide,” stated Mr. Brendan Stokes, an entrepreneurship and marketing teacher at Triton high, “I remind them it is way too soon to start the senior slide and they need to get back to work.”

Students are facing major stress loads due to school work integrating with college application work and SATS. The first quarter of senior year is not where seniors are able to so called “slide” whatsoever, as their attendance and grades are still a large factor in whether or not they get accepted to their top choice or not. As the first quarter is now at a close, the seniors can take one small breath of relief.

“The college process is definitely a hassle, complicated and annoying. I can’t wait for that part to be over but once I get accepted somewhere all the stress will go away.””

— Senior Onica Mooney

“ Obviously it is pretty stressful. I have a deadline for my top school tomorrow and I’m still not done with my college essay for it,” shared Triton senior Ben Fougere, “Its cool to look at places and see where you might be a year from now.”

While people deeply value a college education, others suggest it is not necessary in order to achieve a successful career and future. A college education is very expensive no matter where one goes, and some people figure that going to trade schools and other alternatives is a better choice for them. For an instate student to attend UMass Boston it is roughly $12,682 annually and $29,920 for out of state students. Surprisingly, that is not nearly as expensive as  ivy league colleges such as Harvard which average $42,278 yearly.

“ I don’t think people actually need college and we should be taught what interests us before we spend 12 years learning stuff we probably won’t use later in life,” added senior Jonathan Rolfe, “if you don’t want to go to a four year college go to a community college for 2 years and then go into a trade.”

College or trade school, a young person’s life will still change drastically due to the change in environment from high school to college in many ways.

“It starts off and I felt like I was still in high school, I got through the first few weeks with ease, had a very doable workload, and a bunch of new friends so I thought it was all fun and easy then all the sudden I was actually drowning in work,” shared Wentworth College freshman Alex Rafaelle, “to get yourself through college be sure to use the resources as much as possible and it will be completely fine. Make sure to not place your fun social life before your school work.”

It is never too early to start preparing for college or one’s after high school plans. There are students in the junior class that are already touring schools and mapping out their futures. Therefore, take advantage of the safety provided in high school, as in just four short years students will be out in the real world making their own decisions.

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Kaia Cohen, staff writer

Hi, my name is Kaia Cohen and  I am currently a junior at Triton High School! I am a staff writer for the Triton Voice and I enjoy writing investigative...

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