The Times asked 18 high school seniors about their plans, and only one said he was undecided about his future. Others said they planned or aspired to pursue careers in psychology, medicine, photography and other fields. How about you? What are your goals? When you look into the future, where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
The Times Magazine’s interactive feature “High-School Seniors Predict Their Future” includes photographs of the 18 students who were interviewed, all from Patrick Henry High School in San Diego, along with audio clips of them talking about their goals. One student, Nathan Rebelo, age 17, said this:
When I get older I want to be an architect. I really, like, just designing homes, and my ultimate goal in life is just to be driving somewhere downtown and just be, like — like, show my kids or my family — just be, like: ‘I designed that building, that is me right there. I have my own stamp on life.’ Next year I’m hoping to go to U.S.C., so my fingers are crossed to get accepted. If I don’t get into U.S.C., I’m kind of just hoping for a school out of San Diego – really kind of just want to spread my wings, kind of. I don’t want to say I want to get away from my family, but I really just want to get on my own and discover who I am and be able to kind of be who I want to be without worrying about who’s going to say this or, just, the judgment of high school.
Students: Tell us about your personal goals. When you look 10 years ahead, where do you see yourself? What do you want to be doing with your career and life, and why? What are your dreams and aspirations in addition to specific goals? If you’re undecided, why do you think that is?
Questions about issues in the news for students 13 and older.
Where Will I Be in Ten Years From Now?
I think it is not a fair question, as it will make me lie, should I assume or state that I know what my life and my personality will be like in ten years. Rather than dreaming of such a long run and trying to imagine or create a picture of future, I will show you my present and my short-term objectives that I am sure will keep me on a right track.
First of all, when I say right track, I mean that my life objective is to reach my personal and professional satisfaction. On a personal side, I want to have a family and dedicate a lot of time to them to be able to turn back every minute and every day and recall thousands of moments and memories that we all had together. On a professional side, I would like to have a job that will add another five days to the week. My ambitions are not limited to the job grade or specific position in the company, but I would love to go through the career ladder that will take me from field work to managerial position, where I will be able to share my professional experience and expertise with other people and guide them in their job. Combination of these plans and ambitions will make me a happy person.
You ask me where I would like to be in ten years from now? I want to be that happy man that I just ...