Yesterday, my daughter needed help on an assignment. Actually, it was more like direction once she freaked out on reality. My daughter is a junior in high school. She was asked to write about “Where she sees herself in 10 years”? While, I believe in some future planning outside of High School is reasonable. It’s really mind game playing when you ask a 16 year-old to figure out where she will be when she’s 26. Maybe, it went over my head. But, who decides the standard or even the benchmark, blueprint, guide, what-have-you in a linear measurement of a life. My daughter has goals, she has interest, outspoken and very determined.
Pretty much, she is aware enough of the present to know that her future is threatened. As I stress the importance of scoring high on the PSAT & SAT are important. The reality, student loan debt has passed credit card debt. The reality, when she graduates next year, more than likely the cost of College tuition will be up & educational aid will be less. The reality, she can’t borrow the money from her parents. Additional realities, there is not that many employment opportunities that will allow her to be self-sufficient. More than likely, she’ll be living at home struggling with reality not being able to fulfill her dreams. Harsh words that I couldn’t use.