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Is life outside of high school different?

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Thank you comment icon Yes, life is different outside of high school. For one, you have a lot more responsibilities. For example If you're going to college, you have to learn really good time management to make sure you aren't missing assignments. It can even come down to the small things like figuring out what to eat that day. At first life seems a bit overwhelming knowing your decision may have bigger consequences now. Although you get used to it and you'll start to feel proud of yourself for accomplishing little things. You'll have the freedom to explore activities and ideas that you maybe didn't feel comfortable looking into while in high school. You'll also meet tons of new people with different perspectives to add to your own. It's just one big learning process that you have more control over. Mia

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Maria’s Answer

High school is a very special time in your life. Even though when you first start, four years seems like a long time, it can fly by quickly. Life after high school will be different, but how different is entirely up to you. Some students choose to move away to college or go into their military. They leave their families and friends, their towns and homes and a lot of what used to be familiar. Their lives are more different because everything is new. Some students choose to stay closer to home, so they are still able to see their families and friends often and live in an area they're more familiar with. Things are still different, but not as different compared to if they moved far away. And some students choose to stay at home. They may go to college or trade school nearby or just take some time off to help out their families. Their home lives aren't as different, but how they spend their time changes, since they're not in school all day. So the good news is that you get to decide how different you want your life to be. Do you want a lot of change from your high school life today? Then consider exploring schools and opportunities out of state or if you can, take a gap year to travel around. If you don't want your life to be very different, then consider staying closer to home and exploring interests where you live. There are no wrong answers! And if you change your mind, that's also ok. Many students first decide they want a lot of change and move away, but change their minds later and move back closer to home. Life is a journey and exploring is what makes it interesting and fun. Good luck!
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Giovina’s Answer

Hi Imani

Highschool is just the tip of the ice burg! You have so much to offer the world and you might not know which direction to go but just getting out and talking to people about things you like to do is a place to start. If you have a part-time job that you enjoy...ask questions about the business and how certain aspects work. If there is a brand that you like, you can always call that company and ask for an 'information interview'. It's not quite a job interview its more of a conversation about how the business works and an opportunity for you to share what you like about it. You'd be shocked that that meeting might turn into something for you in the future. Maybe even an internship! Good luck!
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Tanya’s Answer

Life outside highschool changes greatly! The extent of that depends on whether you go to college or you start working right after.
If you go to college the education aspect of life remains the same, however the people and lifestyle changes vastly. If you decide to live on campus, you are introduced to a lot more freedom than you had staying at home, you have a lot more responsibilities, in terms of food, laundry and creating your own schedule. You meet a lot more new people, from different parts of the world, and start making connections with people with different mindsets. It helps you grow.
If you start working immediately, then life changes a lot. You aren't paying an institution, an institution is paying you. You have to work for someone else, adjust, and deliver based on someone else. Ask to take days off, and plan your schedule around the work environment, it takes a couple months to get adjusted but the satisfaction of providing for yourself is incomparable.
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Venisha’s Answer

Hi Imani,

Hope all is well! Yes, life after high school is different, but in an exciting way! There is so much more positive experiences available for you to enjoy, connections to make, and overall growth to undergo. You have more responsibility and dictatorship when it comes to your post-secondary career whether that means attending college or entering the workforce. There are so many great options for you to look forward to!

Remember, what is most important in your post-secondary career is happiness and you are the only one that can define your happiness! This is your life and you are the only one that can live it. It's okay if there are trail and errors, setbacks, or revision happening in your life after high school; that's normal.

I wish you luck in your future endeavors and I hoped this helped!
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