Summer Araujo – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- It’s October, which means scary movies, haunted houses, and fears. Many fear ghosts and ghouls, but some LRHS seniors’ greatest fear is growing up.

The “fear of growing up” is a common fear for seniors in high school to have. Going to college, getting a job, living alone, are all reasons why many seniors’ fears graduating.

Senior Josie Plakyda said, “I’m scared that I will be homesick, and want to come home often.”

Being homesick is a feeling many colleges freshman feel as it could be their first time away from home.

Plakyda also explained that she is nervous and excited to go to college as she gets to experience college as well as learn more about real life as an adult.

Senior Lucas Isola said, “I am more nervous than scared for college since I want to go to college, but it’s a big change.” 

Many seniors may be nervous to graduate since they don’t have a solid plan for what they want to do when they are older. For example, Isola doesn’t know what he wants to be when he’s older, which makes him more nervous for the future.

Many other seniors may be excited to leave and graduate, such as senior Dylan Reiser.

 Reiser said, “I am excited to live alone, but my only fear is not being able to make money.” 

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Reiser is excited for the future as he wants to be an artist. Plakyda wants to be a dentist and is excited to go through dental school and gain experience and knowledge about her future profession.

Seniors are currently in the mixed of applying to college and this time of year can be the most nerve-racking part of the year.

While many seniors may have their whole future planned out, others may not and that’s okay. College is a place to figure out what you want to do in the future, so if one doesn’t have a set plan yet, going to college can expand their horizons.