Making decisions about life after high school can be scary. But it’s important to remember that you don’t have to know the plan for the rest of your life when you’re 15 (photo submitted by L. Kuhn).

Junior year of high school is usually where people start to figure out what they want to do with their life. It is the year that people start to formalize their plans for after high school. Although that isn’t the case for everyone. Not everyone is ready to pick a school or a career, which is fine. People don’t, or at least they shouldn’t, need to have their entire lives planned out before they even graduate high school.. Once someone picks a career, it’s not something they have to completely stick with. 

I am at a loss for what I want to do after high school. I know that I would like to go to a four year college in Kansas, and do something in the criminal justice field…although there are many many jobs within that field. So even though I have a bit of a plan, there’s still a lot that I still have to decide. And that’s okay.

If someone is indecisive about what they want to do, I would suggest talking to a person who has already studied what they want to study, went to a school they want to go to, work in a career they want to do, etc. 

When I have talked to people about the future, they have given me several pieces of advice for what to do. One of the biggest pieces of advice that I have taken in would be ‘don’t be afraid to change your opinion. If you feel that your interest in changing, don’t stick with it.’ 

Staying with something that doesn’t bring fulfillment can frustrate you even more. There’s no reason to stick with a career that is a struggle to enjoy. Walking away from a stressful situation is the best thing to do. There is no reason to feel overwhelmed about the future as a junior in high school. There is time to figure out what to do. Talk to people, and get other’s opinions to adapt to a change.