As the many students head down the aisle, to walk
up those stairs, to shake the hand and reach for their
diploma, they have great joy in their hearts. Be it
high school or college.
As a high school graduate... it is harder. They haven't
had the hard lesson of being by themselves yet. Only
the safety of their own parent's home.
And there is the decision... the big decision.. Will
it be a job or will it be college? That is a hard decision.
If they have been A students, they have a chance for
scholarships. Maybe some big ones if they are lucky.
Other wise it is student loans. Student loans that cost
more than a house, with interest double or triple what
a house loan will be. Depending what their goal of a
job to be on how big it will be.
If they have chose a job for now.. and have been lucky
to be doing summer jobs in that line.. they have a way
for now... maybe.... to go into that full time. But the
hard part of that is .. that college will be put off for
quite a few years.. sometimes 20 years.. if they get
married shortly after high school.
They have a choice of vocational schools. Little
cheaper and faster to get a education in a particular
field and get on with life.
But what ever they decide.. the high school student,
it is all fun and games until Monday morning after
graduation, and reality comes. Hopefully they have
With college it is only slightly better. If they were lucky
enough to pick an education in a very high needed
area, they will be lucky. But the competition will be
stiff. But even they, who have learn not only the
education of school, but of life and the fair and unfairness
of it all...it will be hard. And worse part is that loan, that
now becomes due, in payments.
I wish them all well. It will be hard but worth it all.