To The High School Senior With No Plan,

Look, I totally get what you are going through. Actually, I probably understand what you are going through more than most others do. Right about now your friends are receiving acceptance letters to universities, debating over what major they are going to pursue and making roommate arrangements with friends. Unfortunately I was not one of those people during my time in high school. I didn't receive an acceptance letter, I didn't have a major and I was not going to begin my college journey with a close friend.

The situation you are in right now is totally normal so i do not want you to feel left out. Not everyone has to go to college right after high school. Whether it's for any number reasons such as, not being mentally prepared, can't afford it, or are just scared to go. Whatever it is, it's okay. You have the rest of your young adult life to being school. I myself did not being going to college until I was twenty one and spent almost two years in the Air Force. The reality is that I needed to mature before going to college because I had I gone straight out of high school I would have been screwed and probably would have made it through only one semester.

Now, I am not saying that you need to join the military before embarking on the long journey that people call college. What I am saying though, is do not waste your time. Find a job that will help instill good behaviors that will help you to be successful. Something that will hold you accountable for your actions because you are going to be the only one being held accountable for your work in school.

Most importantly, have a strong support system. My family and close friends have been what has really helped me keep going day to day.Recognize those that care about and will hold you to a high standard but will also help you with anything that you need along the way. I'll leave you with this, don't be scared because you don't have a plan yet. Be excited because you have an infinite amount of possibilities ahead of you.

Best of luck,

A Former High School Senior With No Plan