Let's face it. These kids are eighth graders--so, thirteen to fifteen years old--and they're pretty ego-centric and now-focused. Most of them haven't thought that much about the future, except when forced by some cranky teacher who assigns them an essay telling about what they want to do over the next five years of their life and where they think they want to be at the end of that time.
I was pleasantly surprised by how much thought some of them put into it. They're really excited about high school and all the things they want to do during those four years. Many of them want to get involved with sports: tennis, football, golf, basketball, and soccer were the top pics. A bunch of them are going to continue with band and orchestra while a pile want to get involved in something but they're not sure what's available to them. Guess they'll have to explore.
A good chunk of them want an after-school job of some sort--money's a priority, after all. Well, that and a car. What made me giggle were how many really wanted to work at Chik-Fil-A. Maybe it's because they're guaranteed Sundays off?
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Many said they really have no clue what they want to do but they are going to try a whole bunch of different things until they find something that sticks. A lot mentioned the pressure they feel to please others when choosing their future paths. Some talked about their dreams and how they didn't feel that their family believed in their ability to succeed, which made me sad.
But the assignment accomplished what I set out to do: make the kids think about their future and get excited about what the next five years might bring.
What about you--where will you be in five years?