Transitioning from high school into whatever comes next is a major step in a young adult's life.
To document this transition, we asked seniors from Hickman High School to answer this question: What do you hope you can say about yourself in four years?
Here are some of their responses:
I hope I can say I have earned a degree that I am proud of. I have earned acceptance at an excellent graduate school. I hope I can say I have done my best to help my community and I will make a difference. — Anne Carter
I hope I can say, “wow, and I thought I loved my life then?” and “hmm, I wonder what I want to be when I grow up.” I also hope that I have even bigger dreams than I’ve got now, and I hope that I appreciate the cheesiness of this answer even more than I do now. — Daisy Crane
I hope I can say that I stayed true to my beliefs and kept strong morals. I hope that I can say that I am proud of myself and what I have become. — Laken Bennett
I hope to say that I am the world's greatest at what I am doing and that no one is on my level. You’ll probably see me on Jimmy Fallon or Arsenio Hall. — Chris Charteston
Four years from now I want to be graduating college and have a job lined up. I also want to be able to say I sang every day and stay involved in theatre. — Matthew Peterson
Four years from now I hope to be able to say, “wow, I’m still alive.” It’s scary to see how much changes in such little time. I can’t wait to see what the future brings, but the future can take its time. Everyone says college are the best days of your life, but I wouldn’t change my high school days ever. They were the best. — Ashlynn Guard
I hope I can say I’ve been out of the country multiple times and that I can speak a different language. — Brittan Bennett
I hope I can say I am graduating from college and am ready to start my life in the real world. I hope I can say I gave all my best effort and that I am genuinely happy with what I am doing in life. I hope I can say I have met a lot of people, made a lot of friends, and created lasting memories. — Kat Koenig
I hope to say that I have lived a full life. I know there are some things I won’t be able to do. I just hope to be proud of what I have done. — Matthew Neff
I want to have graduated with a high GPA with degrees in German and international relations. After college, I want to have secured an internship with the state department or embassy or go to graduate school. I also may spend a year abroad teaching English on a Fulbright scholarship. — Lydia Rautman
I hope to say that part of my success came from the influential Mrs. Lucas. I want to come back and say that I did it — whatever it may be — and continue to achieve greatness. — Jordan Houston
I hope that I will have a better understanding of myself as an individual. As a senior in college, I would also like to be on my way to a bigger city with an internship. Most of all I want to be completely independent. — Olivia Eastman
I hope that in four years from now I am either still in college or out of it and working as a teacher. I hope that I can encourage growth within the education system and be working to strengthen the system and education in both this country and others. — Katie Hall
By that time, I hope to have studied abroad in France or a different French-speaking country. I also hope to have received an undergraduate degree in Health Sciences and possibly French as well. I plan on attending graduate school after college, but I do not know where I would like to go. Most of all, I hope that my four years at Mizzou will be fun, rewarding, and fulfilling. — Diana Harmata
I hope that I’ll be prepared to graduate from college with a Bachelor’s in something I love, and have a close group of friends who love me. I also hope to discover more about the person I am. — Ming u Kim
What I hope to say about my life and myself four years from now is “wow, people were right about me.” Being a young woman suffering from low self-esteem and little to no confidence is tough. I have a hard time realizing what I am truly capable of because of that. I’ve grown and will continue to grow into the woman that everyone sees. I’ll be ready for anything life has in store for me. Then I’ll know for sure who I am and where I’m going. — Erika Pruitt
Four years from now I hope to be able to say that I took full advantage of an education and it got me somewhere. — Angie Robiedo
I hope four years from now I could be able to say I took everything I learned from my years of high school, the achievements and failures, and used that knowledge to build strength and confidence and being able to say, “All my dreams are about to come true.” — Latina Pruitt
I hope that I will be able to say I have no regrets about my high school/college experience. I want to have done or tried everything that interested me and took advantage of all the opportunities available to me. — Carter Buresh
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