Madison Koczersut and Sienna Rodriguez – Mustangs Ahead

Seniors icon(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- The most troubling questions many students in high school face are, “What will my life be like after I graduate?” “Will I be successful and happy?” “Can I get into the college that I want?”

Some people may have no idea what life’s going to be like after graduation.  Some people may stress about it while others may not.

When students graduate high school, it is the beginning of a whole new chapter in their lives. College is very different from high school, and students will lose some of their current friends. It’s inevitable to lose people, as they grow up and drift apart.

“I think I’ll definitely lose some of my high school friends because some people go out of state for college. It’s a lot of pressure now because I have expectations from my parents, but I know I’ll be able to figure it out once I get there,” said LRHS senior Justin Ramon.

The reality is, students often major in something completely different than what they expected, and chances are they may not have a job lined up right after college. It can be overwhelming for some students when they think about their futures and how they will get there.

Some Mustangs have an idea of what their life will be like n college. LRHS junior and track team member Ava Klein said, “I think I’m going to be a lot more independent since it’s the start of adulthood. I plan to continue with track and hopefully make a career out of it.”

College can be stressful. College professors aren’t going to hold your hand and guide you through it like some high school teachers have done.

Ex-Mustang and current University of Central Florida sophomore Denali Schapacher said, “College is nothing like I expected. I don’t have time to do anything so it’s a lot of long nights that consist of eating ramen noodles and studying until 2 a.m. I would not recommend.”

Life after high school is going to change. There will be no proms, no dress codes, and no more going to hang out with your friends who have lived 10 minutes away for as long as you can remember.

Ex-Mustang is Michael Koczersut is a freshman at Franklin College. He said “I’m sad I had to leave my family, but I think it’s time. I’m so ready for the cold up in Indiana. It’s going to be weird having snow days instead of hurricane days.”