One down, three to go


Elinor Stanley

[heading size=”20″ margin=”20″]Freshman have finished theri firs t year of high school, what’s next?[/heading] Ever since the addition of freshmen in 2013, Rock Bridge has been bustling with change. Bruin Block was cut from next year’s schedule, and all programs/clubs welcomed the new people coming in. With this new mix of people comes the hatching of new dreams and plans, and though graduation is still three years away, freshmen are already starting to think about college and the workforce. Freshman Faith Wright is already thinking about her future after high school.
“I want to go to college where I’d get a tennis scholarship,” Wright said. “This is because I want to go to college for tennis and a scholarship would help pay for that.”
Bearing News surveyed 10 percent of the freshman class, and 93.75 percent said they want to go to college, but 56.25 percent didn’t know what they want to be. Freshmen had a variety of answers to what they wanted to do after high school, spanning from all parts of the United States and all pieces of the career spectrum.
For example, freshman Bettie Logan wants to head west to the golden coast of California.
“I really want to go to UCLA to become a nutritionist or physical therapist because I want to help athletes like me heal,” Logan said. “I also want to swim while I’m in college because I love swimming, and even possibly set my sights to the summer Olympics.”
Jobs that help people medically, such as physical therapy, is a common career choice for college students, as there are 185,500 physical therapists working in the United States today, according to Student Scholarships, which is a website database for college students.
Not everyone is on the road to the coast, though. Another freshman, Ashley Arneson, would rather head south than west.
“I would like to go to Vanderbilt or Ole Miss,” Arneson said. “I want to become a lawyer and after that go into political science, maybe work in campaigns during elections.”
When going to law school, many students decide to become a political science majors because those with that degree get an introduction into the American justice and government system, as well as having many job offerings. The employment of political scientists is projected to go up 21 percent from 2012 to 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It opens doors to many jobs, like becoming an attorney, campaign manager, or even a political journalist. Freshman Dalton Nunamaker also wants to go into political science.
“I really like debate, and that is how I figured out that I wanted to be a lawyer,” Nunamaker said. “After law school, maybe then I would go into political sciences.”
Not all law school students go into political sciences though. Some pursue a business law degrees to one day become a business or corporate lawyer for companies like Kellogg, Mars and even chains like 7/11. Freshman Sarah Hollinger feels like that would be a job she would enjoy.
“Being a corporate lawyer sounds like a fun job to do. Even if there is a lot of work involved, the end result would be well worth it,” Hollinger said. ”The reason why I want to be a corporate lawyer specifically is because working with larger companies would be more fun than working as an personal attorney.”
No matter what the dream is, the RBHS class of 2018 is dreaming it, and dreaming it big.
By: Elinor Stanley