Students dare to dream big

by Lily Watkins

WScreen Shot 2018-02-11 at 6.38.48 PMhat do you want to be when you grow up?

It’s a question often asked to kindergarteners and high schoolers alike. A decade can produce a lot of change in a person’s path in life- or for some, none at all.

Freshman Eva Watson has wanted to be a homemaker ever since she was little. Her own mother doubles as a stay-at-home mom and Watson’s role model. “At some point, I want to be married and have a family. […] I like having someone to be there for me when I come home. She made a difference in the lives of her kids, and that is what I hope to do,” Watson said.

She’s firm in her choice because, “true equality for women means that they get to choose their own path for themselves. I have the freedom to do whatever I want and what I want is to be a mom that will make a difference in the lives of her kids,” Watson said.

Sophomore Shelby Yaghoutfam, has also kept her eyes on one career since she was young. Yaghoutfam desires to become an actress so that she can make other people feel an array of deep, touching emotions just like one of her favorite actors, David Tenant, has done for her.

Several of her favorite actors have dealt with mental illness, a topic close to Yaghoutfam’s heart, which only makes her desire stronger. She lost a friend to mental illness, and she wants to ensure that no one has to feel like her friend did. “I want people to realize they can do anything and everything they set their mind to,” Yaghoutfam said, in reference to the fact that an illness or disability doesn’t have to stand in the way of a career.

For freshman Callaghan Cavanaugh, keeping the same has meant not deciding on one career path at all. When she was younger, people asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up and Cavanaugh would provide a different answer every time- not because her mind changed, but because she didn’t know and felt she needed to provide an answer. “When I was younger, people asked me and I felt like I had to say something, but I had nothing. But now I’m more honest,” Cavanaugh said.

Cavanaugh doesn’t know what she wants her career to be, and she’s okay with that. She hopes to decide on a career path soon, but already knows she is more concerned with making an impact. “I feel like I want to do something more than just have a job and pay the bills. I feel I’ll be upset at the end of my life if I look back and I just survived instead of lived,” Cavanaugh said.

In the most recent Network survey, nearly all 178 Marian students agreed that it is possible to have a fulfilling life even if they don’t realize their dream.

For some, dreams are a luxury- for others, a necessity. Regardless, the Marian community is certain that a life can still be fulfilling even if you change your dream along the way.

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The Network is the student newspaper of Marian High School, Nebraska's only Class A College-Preparatory School for young women.

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