High school can be tough, not just the classes, but the pressure to decide what you want to do after.
“We get told all the time we have to choose what college we want. We have to figure it out now as sophomores, like we’re running out of time. And we have a lot of pressure on us to make the right choice and figure out what we want to be,” said Sophomore, Julia Van Stenverghe.
“It’s kinda scary when your, you know, four years of high school and then, you know, here it is, this big life changing decision that you have to make,” said Junior, Devan Morin.
To help ease the stress, students at Old Town High School got to hear from local professionals and meet with colleges about their careers and how to get there.
“I think it’s really cool and it’s a good opportunity because a lot of students don’t know what they want to do, but it’s really important to figure out what we want to do, and so it’s exposing us to new opportunities and figure out a bunch of things that we had never learned about before,” said Julia.
Andrew Geaghan from Geaghan’s Pub, gave the high schoolers a taste of the hospitality world.
“It’s a lot of fun being able to engage with people who might be our next manager, our next great server,” said Geaghan.
And Chris Liepold, an Old Town Firefighter-Paramedic, says he sparked interest in his career.
“A lot of great questions. The classes seem really interested in knowing what we do and how to accomplish becoming a firefighter. Maybe we’ll change some minds and become some paramedics or firefighters,” Said Liepold.
We also took part in the career day, and explained the in’s and out’s of the news industry to the budding high school journalists.
The best part of the day for Sophomore Julia Van Stenverghe was hearing the raw truth about a career she might want to have someday.
“It’s interesting to hear the pros and cons of their jobs and actually learn about what they do every day rather than just hearing like all the pros about it you can actually hear what their honest opinion is about their job,” she said.