By J1 reporter Ellen Everett
Setting goals is something that is beneficial to everyone, and not just before New Years. Goal setting is important because it inspires you to give it your all to complete the goal. Achieving those goals helps motivate you to continue working hard so you can have another thing to look forward to.
Young people, especially teenagers who are preparing to go to college, have many goals and aspirations they want to achieve to prepare them for the adult world after college. Many teenagers with parents who are successful in their jobs feel pressured to do what their parents do. Some fathers and mothers only allow their children to follow in their path, because they know it will equal success.
When Kiki Wells, a junior at Skutt, was in fourth grade, her teacher had the students make their own bucket lists that hung on the wall for everyone to observe. Kiki’s teacher wanted them to list all of their goals that they wanted to complete each month, whether that be grades, participation, or attitude. “It was really competitive, and everyone tried to complete their goals so they would get a prize. Doing that motivated me to set goals for myself, not just in school, even when I was only 10 years old.” Wells says she continues to set goals for herself.
Olivia Glock, a senior gearing up for college, tried to explain her future. “I want to do something business related, but I’m not totally sure,” she said. She is exploring real estate as a career after college. Neither of her parents are real estate agents, but her father owns his own business. When Olivia told her parents about possibly wanting to explore real estate, her parents replied with “it doesn’t make money for the first seven years.” Although that placed some doubts on her future career, Olivia is still exploring that idea because she thinks she will really enjoy it.
Claire Koch, a freshman who plays volleyball, is being introduced to the topic of college. She doesn’t know what she would like to major in, or what career she would like to pursue after college. Like most teens, Claire does not want to go to college in her home state, whether that be to get away from her parents and become more independent, or experience a new part of the world. Claire is not interested in pursuing parents’ jobs, as her dad is a director of operations for a large manufacturing company that produces heavy steel fabrications for infrastructure, and her mom fundraises for nuns. They are okay with her not choosing their jobs because they know she will make the right decision for herself. The support of her parents has made her feel more comfortable in exploring new ideas and setting goals for her future.
Ms. Amy Brabec, a high school Spanish teacher, said this is her dream job. Brabec said that being a Spanish teacher was always “in her mind” in high school, and she knew this is what she wanted to do since then. She made it a goal to keep working to live out her dream. Neither of her parents are Spanish teachers, nor Spanish speakers, but they supported her through her journey, by giving her support in college and in her career search.
Getting parents’ approval is crucial to many aspects of life. The feeling of not being motivated can spring from not having the support of loved ones and especially parents. People should always take their family and friends’ advice before making big decisions in their life because loved ones always want the best for them. At Marian, counselors provide Junior Parent Night and Senior Parent Night for parents where they talk about college and their daughters’ careers after. The counselors help the parents understand what is best for their children, which will help them give great advice.