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Where to go next? The timeless discussion theme for elementary school and high school students

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During their school career, students must choose the path they would like to follow in life. We are talking about the choice of high school and subsequently college, which is affected by many factors and conditions. It can be preceded by various benchmarks and tests giving clues about the student's scholastic aptitude, and about his talents and shortcomings which need to be addressed in order to improve them.

Elementary school as a stepping stone

The first indications of what one is good at, what one enjoys doing and whether it´s worthy of further pursuit already appear in elementary school. It is not only apparent by the marks a student gets because the marks slightly differ from school to school, but it is apparent by a particular individual's approach to various subjects. Some people learn subject matter by heart, than recite it as a poem in front of the blackboard without being able to understand its connection to related topics. Another person can just read the given subject matter a couple of times, form his own opinion and get a different grasp on it, because he is able to understand the context. This was the reason for developing uniform comparative tests to compare the levels of all schools. These not only reveal the students' knowledge, but also provide them with a taste of the atmosphere that awaits them, at least once in the future, at a final exam. Many students and their parents therefore use the comparative tests as an opportunity to compare themselves to competition and better understand high school choices. Experience shows cases where a child may have received excellent marks from teachers but at the same time failed these prime intelligence tests completely.

Where to go after high school?

As a student, you can´t avoid difficult tests. Apart from the demands, the teaching content and the final exam you also have to take a preliminary exam at the university, the choice of which is not a simple matter either. The most common of them, a test called SAT Reasoning Test, doesn´t assess the students' knowledge and understanding, but their ability to think, rationalize and their specialized text orientation. The results will reveal what percentage of people scored worse than an individual in the overall rating, expressed in percentiles. Faculties have set percentile limits and often don´t accept candidates with a lower score. Many young people, facing the selection of a suitable college, hate this admission process because careful preparation may cost a lot of money. However is there a better investment than investing in your education?

There is no need to suffer and study a field you have no interest in.

Many students choose a college that is oriented to certain fields according to professional prestige, or because they want to continue the family tradition. Since your great-grandfather, grandfather and father were doctors, you must be a doctor too, you may think. Not necessarily. Especially not if you have completely different interests. The right field should primarily be selected based on what we like to do, even if it´s not a very attractive choice. What would be the point of suffering through university and subsequently through life? For example, imagine a doctor, who chose his profession more or less because he was forced into it. He comes to his office everyday with a gloomy mood, he has a negative impact on his patients and his treatments are not thorough. Or imagine a teacher, whose teaching is dull and boring because he just wants to get it over with and get away from the annoying kids.

It is obvious that the choice of a university and consequently even the choice of a profession affects not only our own lives, but also the lives of people around us and of people who play a major role in selecting our future occupation. Therefore when it comes to such an important decision as choosing the right college, you should first take your interests, passions and hobbies into consideration. Only after that consider the possibility of being able to get a job in that chosen field, the salary level and other factors which could make you equally unhappy when you aren´t able to do what you enjoy doing.