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Success after high school

By Shantasia Northern, 16, Youth Farm Participant

ST. PETERSBURG — Have you ever, as a teen, thought of exactly what you want to do? What you wanted to be? Have you thought of college, military, buying a home, renting, or college fees/debt?

Well, as a teen, it’s best to start working on your life now. For some people, life is laid out for them, and others struggle with finding their path. Parents look forward to their children succeeding and doing their best. They look at us teens to become greater than what they are or were.

Life after high school is a big step. You can take as long as you want to decide on what suits you, but don’t wait too long because when one door closes, another one opens, and that particular opportunity might not have been the one you had desired.

As one of 15 siblings, I feel a responsibility towards helping my family. After high school, I look forward to attending college and becoming a gynecologist/obstetrician. I plan to own a large home and multiple cars to accommodate my family and have transportation.

When planning on your career, you have to make sure you look into all your choices. It’s important to have a backup plan and think through the different paths that can take you where you want to go. Find a college that fits your career path, seek help when you need it, and be determined with your path and life choices.

Make sure always to follow your heart, mind, and soul. But don’t give up on what’s ahead for you or what you have planned. There may be times when you feel alone, and negativity may even be a part of that but focus on yourself and your future.

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