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.
20 Years From Now
As an established engineer with a doctorate degree from a prestigious university, I plan to have two kids and a perfect wife. My law career will be reaching its peak, and I will be the most prestigious lawyer in America. The Bentley will be parked in my four-car garage, with my guard dog watching. We will also have the golden retriever in the house for the kids to play with. That is how most people picture themselves twenty years down the road. I am becoming a man and I know it is time to start planning for the future.
As far as education, I have been accepted to the University of Central Florida so I plan to get my Bachelors Degree from there. My education is essential so I plan on going to a school for graduate studies. Since I have not chosen a major yet I will just use engineering as my field of choice.
In college I plan to meet my future wife. In my mind she is seen as a five foot five goddess. She will be the modern day Halle Barry, considering the fact that she will be old by that time. With her education she will be making more money than me, and also supporting me. I know this is not how the typical man is supposed to think, but in twenty years the times will change. I predict this because over the years womenÐ²Ð‚™s rights have been on the rise. Women have come from the point of not being able to vote to running major corporations. Speaking of running corporations, which will be my wife. The modern Renaissance woman.
When I turn thirty-five is when I want to start thinking about kids. I plan to have three kids two boys and one girl. I will need two boys to protect my daughter from all the guys that are like I was when I was in school. Since I did not get to live out my dream of being a professional athlete, at least one of my kids will have to make it as a professional athlete. The one with the most potential is the one that I will train with.