By Ezra Tebbenkamp
All adults remember the feelings of their senior year coming to an end and having to began to think and provide for themselves and survive in the real world. Some people transition smoothly from high school and others have trouble. I think that the idea of transitioning from high school to the real world can be scary and overwhelming, so I sat down with a fellow student, Hayden Entress, who is also graduating this year and asked how she felt high school had been for her, and what she’s been feeling as we reach our second semester.
Hayden Entress is a student currently finishing her high school education as a senior attending Yampa Valley High School(YVHS). Ms Entrance has many big goals for her life as an adult, and as the end of her final year comes steadily closer she is beginning to realize the steps she will have to take to achieve these goals. Hayden has enjoyed her high school experience for the majority, but it’s time for her to leave her home, memories and family to start her own adventure.
As a freshman Hayden attended the Steamboat Mountain School for the purpose of pursuing her love for ski racing. After two years of this, however, she suffered a severe knee injury.
“I was frustrated and upset after my accident,” Hayden told me.
A combination of realizing that she wouldn’t be able to ski the next year and the strenuous amount of time needed to complete classes at the Mountain School soon had Hayden looking for a new school.
“At first I looked into both the alternative school (YVHS) and the regular public high school. In a follow-up appointment she was told by her doctor she would have to undergo an important surgery which would have her missing too much school to successfully attend the Yampa Valley High School or Steamboat Springs High School (SSHS). With the only other real option for Hayden being online school, she completed her junior year at home on a computer.
After finishing her junior year at home Hayden decided the come to the Yampa Valley High School.
When I asked why, She answered, “I like the way the YVHS is run with their curriculum and schedule, along with the small classroom environment.” Now that Hayden is attending YVHS and has had time to experience it firsthand for herself she says that she enjoys, “No homework and the personal time to think about what I want to do after high school. It also frees up more time for activities I enjoy doing.”
Hayden shared with me that after high school she would like to become apart of the medical field including, specific interests in bio and neuroscience.
When I asked her how her parents had influenced her decision making regarding plans after high school she replied, “”They have been very supportive in my decision making, but has felt some pressure to look at certain colleges.”
Hayden told me she knows things will change when she no longer lives under her parent’s roof and realizes that there will be new challenges that she must face.
When I asked Hayden what she felt she was most excited and worried about for the future without the parental guidance she answered, “I’m definitely worried about finances and the responsibilities of being on my own, but also excited for the chance the manage my own schedule and time”
If Hayden could go back and give herself any advice at the beginning of her high school adventure she said, “I would tell her- don’t doubt yourself because if you doubt yourself then you won’t accomplish your dreams, set the bar high.”
Hayden still has a long adventurous journey ahead of her, but with her continued hard work and dedication she can reach any goal she sets. This will all continue at BYU-Idaho pursuing what life has planned next.