It may be the time of year to deck the halls and jingle some bells, but for the twelfth graders of the town, it’s also the time to decide what to do with the rest of their lives.
OUAC codes have rolled in and students all over Brampton are applying to universities and colleges everywhere. The stress levels are high, as high schoolers fluctuate between decisions and hustle to fill out those intimidating forms.
The guidance needed in high school isn’t always there, but at the same time, life is about guiding yourself.
“The winter days are getting shorter, and so is the amount of time we have!” says Prabhleen Kamboj, a grade 12 student at Turner Fenton Secondary School.
For many high schoolers, the source of their worry is a sense of confusion. It is important to make the right choice early on, and many students feel as though they aren’t given enough information or guidance to make a proper, informed decision. Although the Peel Board thoroughly prepares their students with the required knowledge and skills for various fields, many feel as though the system lacks the element of guidance in order to apply that knowledge.
“It’s important to build connections with your teachers, peers and counsellors,” says Zahrah Rashid, a fourth year student at York University. “Take the initiative to talk to people and do active research. The guidance needed in high school isn’t always there, but at the same time, life is about guiding yourself. The problem is that most people don’t know how to do that.”
Build connections with your teachers, peers and counsellors.
The transition between childhood and adulthood can often be too sudden. For students, it’s hard to be independent and decisive when they haven’t experienced anything that would require as much responsibility as these (quite literally) life-changing decisions do.
However, firsts are always hard, and though it may be stressful, it is a necessary obstacle. So to the seniors in Brampton: Keep on going!