Well, this is it dear readers: the final issue. In a few short weeks the class of 2013 will be graduating, moving on to, hopefully, bigger and better things. I could write about what’s already happened this year, but we’ve already got that. Instead I’m going to write about the future and what it has in store for the graduating high school senior.
Remember filling out college applications? The essays? The shameless selling of oneself to a faceless admissions officer? Those who do remember by now, I’m sure, have recieved a response to their advertisement and are well on the way to higher education. Not so, however, for senior Chip Messick who, instead of going to directly to college will be investing his time with the organization Youth With a Mission, or YWAM.
Over the summer, Messick will be staffing three of YWAM’s youth camps across the country, travelling first to Hawaii, before staffing camps in Los Angeles, California and Washington D.C. After spending another month at home, Messick will sign back on with YWAM for six more months: three months of training coupled with another three months of outreach in a foreign country.
In outreach, participants choose one of several different missions, including those in Europe and Africa. The purpose of the outreach program differs from location to location, and can be almost anything.
Though Messick hasn’t decided concretely on which outreach program he will take, he said “Something I really have a heart for is [combatting] human trafficking,” possibly going abroad to encourage women forced into prostitution or encouraging customers to reconsider choices. Though the work itself may be somewhat dangerous Messick said, “I just feel they’re worth it.”
Though rewarding, the YWAM outreach program, according to Messick, is not meant to support participants long term. Outreach is primarily meant to be temporary before members move on. Messick hopes that YWAM will steer him towards his ultimate direction in life, whether it be towards higher learning or another alternative. “It depends on what I feel called to…If I go, I’m going to actually learn, not to wave around a piece of paper.”
While college may not be the right choice for some, but for others like senior Sam Rogers, college is the best way to achieve long-term goals
Rogers was recruited into the football program at Virginia Tech, after having been a staple in HHS foot-ball since freshman year. In preparation for classes at Tech, as well as the foot-ball scene, Rogers will be taking July classes in public speaking and leadership before spending the rest of summer in training for the beginning of practice in August.
Like most seniors, Rogers will be undergoing a transition following graduation, particularly in football terms. “Everyone is bigger, faster, stronger,” Rogers said. Already versed in the play book, he said it was typical for him being the “younger guy on the team,” allowing for a hopefully painless switch.
Again, like most of us, Rogers has also taken into consideration his long term goals. “I want to take football as far as I can take it,” Rogers said. However, at Tech he plans to study business and health science. “I just want to know how to run my own private business,” he said, hoping to use business knowledge to possibly launch a gym while using health science to explain the facts behind fitness programs and health regimens to members.
Everyone has different plans. The majority of us won’t be football recruits, or take up with an overseas mission. Most of us won’t wind up in the same place, meet the same people, or do even remotely similar things: college or no. What will happen, though, is something new.