Seniors will face graduation in less than two months. Here are a handful who have rough or solid ideas of what they wish to do after high school.
Senior Grace Kim said she is looking forward to attending a four-year college while majoring in either business or computer science. Kim said she has advice for new FBLA members. “Take advantage of all the opportunities that you have around, especially in FBLA,” Kim said. “I really, really got involved in my freshman year and kept up with it and I grew to love what FBLA has to offer and all the relationships I was able to build. Take advantage of those and make the most out of your high school experience.”
After attending De Anza college for two years in a TAG agreement, senior Alice G. Monteiro Da Franca said she will transfer to University of California, Santa Cruz, where she will pursue a degree in game design.
Da Franca said she is currently working on a game with her companion, Rutvik Katkoriya. “It’s a fantasy horror game; a bit of some psychological elements put into it,” Da Franca said. Our goal is to get people on a higher level of thinking and get people to answer questions about themselves and the world around them and see the world in a different light.”
Senior Isabella Rosado said she will attend Yale University this fall and will major in environmental studies. “[One advice for rising seniors is to] sleep,” Rosado said. “Sleeping is the number one, most important thing. I know studying and doing homework is so important, but making sure you’re staying healthy and taking care of yourself is also important.”
“I would like to be financially comfortable doing programming slash adjacent things,” senior Alistair Gray said. He said he plans on achieving a master’s degree in the later future.
Senior Frank Guerrero will major in kinesiology at San Jose State University. “I’ve been here for three years and the people kind of got boring, so I’m excited to meet new people,” Guerrero said.
Senior Karina Guzman said she plans to attend De Anza for two years before transferring to a school like USF to pursue nursing. When asked about her big goals in life, Guzman showed compassion and curiosity. “[My goal is] to help out my parents and to help out minorities. Also to travel the world,” Guzman said.
Guzman also said she has one piece of advice for struggling students and students who are applying to schools next year. “Don’t be afraid to ask,” Guzman said. “There’s nothing wrong with asking. I think that’s the biggest thing kids need to do nowadays. Just ask.”
Senior Austina Wang will attend a four-year college to major in film and animation, she said. “I think [high school] has prepared me for the rigor of college, or anything, because if you want to be good at anything, you have to work hard and working hard in high school parallels with that,” Wang said.
During her gap year, senior Lavender Payne said she plans to scrape up enough money to attend an art school in San Francisco for performing arts/theater.
After high school, senior Kevin Shum said he will attend college for film production. His goal is to become a cinematographer for films. “Get yourself out there and take any opportunities you can get,” Shum said. “The more experience you can get, the better.”
Although senior Louise House said she has received college acceptances, she is still unsure where she will go or what she will be majoring in. “[I’m excited to] explore more than I was able to in high school,” House said.
Senior Kenneth Su said he has received acceptances from University of Michigan and Washington University, but he is still deciding where he will go. Wherever he ends up, he will pursue a degree in economics. “Don’t worry about colleges. Just live your life and show who you are in your [college] applications,” Su said as a word of advice for seniors next year.
Senior Grace Hill said she is considering political science as her major. “I’m excited to be able to not only learn from what I’m doing, but also make an impact by doing something new that I can learn from myself,” Hill said.
Senior Noah Abadano will attend classes at De Anza College while taking online courses for 3D animation, he said. “My only advice is … don’t dream too hard,” Abadano said.
While pursuing business to become a management consultant, senior Helen Rhee said she is also seeking an internship in the process. “The community fence in FBLA was a major part of me just assimilating to high school culture in general, but specific events like competitions or working with actual consultants also got me interested in [becoming a management consultant],” Rhee said.
“[I’m excited] to branch out and meet new people; internationally and across the country. Also being independent,” Rhee said. “It’s kind of scary, but I’m looking forward to it a lot, too.”
Senior Antonio Suarez said he would like to continue his passion for theater at West Valley college in the fall. He plans to transfer to a CSU after two years and study computer science, he said. “My biggest goal is to have a career I will enjoy,” Suarez said.
Senior Sujana Lewis said she plans to attend Foothill College for two years before transferring to a four year. Lewis said she is still deciding between taking courses in theater or psychology. “As long as you know what you want to do and as long as you know what’s in your own heart and in your own passion, I think you should do everything in your best possibility to actually pursue that,” Lewis said. “Every bump and obstacle in the road … that just happens. That’s life. Just keep going. Do everything you can. And if it doesn’t work out, don’t beat yourself over it because there are many, many, many other things out there in the world that we need. So don’t beat yourself over not becoming the next engineer, lawyer, doctor, business-entrepreneur person. There’s something out there for everyone.”