Talking it over: When they grow up
Children have very unique ideas about who and what they want to be when they grow up. Adults often listen to their dreams and simply smile because you know how things can change often in a young life.
This week we mark a milestone in the lives of fourteen of our seniors from the Hancock Public School. Some of these seniors have seen all their education at Hancock, others for part of the time and a few just a brief time. It is an exciting time for all of them as they make some big decisions about their future.
Last week, in one of my many stops at the school, I noticed a display just as you come into the main hallway. The display features short sentences that some of the seniors wrote as first graders. The theme for the sentence was what they wanted to be when they grew up.
It was very interesting to read these dreams and for some I had to smile because you knew where their minds and hearts were when they wrote them. Some of their dream jobs were a hunter, a concrete worker, a crane operator, a farmer, daycare sitter, rally car driver, and a basketball coach. One even said he wanted to be a paleantologist. I had to wonder if he really knew what that was at such a young age and how he ever knew how to spell it.
I am sure those hopes and dreams have changed a lot over the years for the Class of 2013. Maybe Austin still wants to be a paleantologist, after all he is planning to attend the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, but for most I am sure they are still quite unsure about their future professions.
As they make the big decision about school next year, they do have to consider what they are most interested in pursuing as a career. However, this does not mean that their future profession can not change several times during the next few years. It is often hard to know at the age of 17 or 18, much less at five, what you really want to do when you grow up.
There are bound to be many changed majors, changed colleges, job changes and changed minds for awhile. That is ok. It is all part of the growing process as they work to ‘get it right.’ It would be great to find out after another ten or twenty years if any of these young people are actually doing what they planned to do in first grade, much less twelfth grade.
I wish this class the best as they proceed into the future and hope that all their hopes and dreams come true. It has been so much fun watching them mature and learn. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for them as they ‘grow up.’