“So, where are you going to college?”
“What’s your major?”
“What kind of job are you looking for?”
“Graduate school on your mind?”
“Are you going to marry him?”
“Where will you live?”
“So, do you have a five-year plan yet?”
I’ve been asked all of these questions—some more than a few times—over the course of the last eight years. Maybe they sound eerily familiar to you. Maybe you remember the panicky feeling clouding those questions more than the people who asked them. Maybe you’re desperate to answer a few of them right now.
I teach high school students who are just on the cusp of the top of that question list. They tend to answer questions with feelings, a follow-your-heart approach.
“I just felt at home on that college tour.”
“We have been going out for a year. I just feel like he’s the one.”
“I don’t feel important. I feel like I should be doing something different.”