BY SABRINA BLANDON
Features/Opinion Copy Editor
As the school year comes to an end, many people have already planned their journey after leaving the Bay. For senior Aileen Vasquez, she said she is planning on studying marketing since she’s always enjoyed taking business classes and presenting in front of an audience.
“I’m looking forward to studying my major and meeting new people,” Vasquez said. “I feel ready to move onto the next chapter in my life.”
For senior Italia Averett, she has already decided on attending the University of Tampa (UT) once she graduates. A few aspects she enjoyed was the short distance between the university and her home, as well how much she enjoyed the campus and environment itself. Averett said as soon as she was on campus, she felt the environment to be friendly, which is exactly what she wants.
“It’s a good place to spend the next four years,” Averett said. “I’m going to study criminology; I’ve always liked justice and justice systems, and I feel like it’s a good place to do a lot of work and feel proud of it.”
Guidance Counselor Dianne Thorpe said the best piece of advice she has for the students who already know what they’re doing after the Bay is for the person to follow their dreams. If a person follows their dreams, Thorpe said they will become really passionate.
“Follow your dream and your passion and make whatever you’re doing work for you,” Thorpe said. “Each person is different and so it really is about following your passion.”
Vasquez believes the number one college for her is the University of Miami since the Herbert Business School offers a wide range of courses from international business to business law. She said she is not worried about college since she feels the Bay has prepared her for her next journey in life.
“My advice is to try and get help from people that know what to do when applying to college,” Vasquez said. “Also, to keep in mind that the only way to go through the process successfully is to have a positive mindset.”
Thorpe said there are obstacles in life which students need to overcome, as well as everyone else. Due to these obstacles, however, Thorpe said students gain important life-skills.
“I say these obstacles are there to make us stronger. And so, getting over these obstacles as long as you’re following your path, you know, it makes it all worthwhile,” Thorpe said. “These are ways in which students can gain and earn their coping skills, these obstacles, they help you to gain your coping skills and so it’s just about not giving up.”
Thorpe said she believes the Bay not only prepares students academically, but socially as well, due to the large population the school offers. She said students have the opportunity to interact with a variety of people.
“[Students] have cultural sensitivity and just basic social skills that will help students to interact and navigate their way among people of various races, cultures and religions,” Thorpe said. “So that’s kind of what I feel the Bay prepares students for because we’re like a city.”
An aspect Averett thinks people should keep in mind when they’re applying to colleges is the money. She said money is important and it doesn’t matter where students go since no matter where the person goes, the student will like the college since they are studying what he or she wishes to.
“As long as you’re happy where you are, you’ll be fine,” Averett said. “It doesn’t matter if you get into the best school or a not so great school, all that matters is whether or not you feel happy there.”