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Student voices: Time will come to plan for the future

Last weekend, my mom found some old photos and gave them to me to go through. I went through them and found pictures of my best friend Ericka and me from when we were around 8 years old.

As I was going through all of them, I realized that ever since I started school, I have never moved. I've never had to go through the process of meeting new friends. I've just been going to school with the same people since I was 6 years old.

Although I am now a junior, I can still tell you which students from my grade at the high school attended my elementary school.

Some people my age have their whole lives figured out already. They know what they want to go to college for, they know what occupation they will have, and know where they want to live -- with the weather here lately, I don't blame them for knowing they won't be living in Minnesota -- and how they want to live the rest of their lives. I have a hard time deciding what I'm hungry for. Planning ahead really isn't my forte.

I truly wish I knew what I wanted to go to college for, but it doesn't come that easily to me. I admire people my age who know exactly how they want to live their life, and especially the ones who are starting now. Some people have so much ambition to follow their dream. I see a lot of kids from my school working a job or two to start saving for schooling, taking college classes, graduating early, and even joining the armed forces. It seems like just yesterday I was doing arts and crafts with them in elementary school and now they are about to serve our country? Time has flown since elementary school.

The question I get asked now that I am a junior is what I plan on going to school for when high school is over. My response is always, "I honestly have no idea." It bugs me that I don't know how my future will end up and what kind of occupation I will have after college, but in a way, I shouldn't worry too much because everything happens for a reason. I like to be in control but some things are just uncontrollable. Someday I will figure out what I want to spend the rest of my life doing, but today is just not that day.

Kassie Klasen is a junior at Rosemount High School. Her column appears every third week during the school year.