The Future of 2023


Hadley West, Opinions Writer

425 days. 

That’s how many days the class of 2023 has left. 

After 15 years of pre, elementary, middle, and high school, that have mostly prepared Lakeland students for life, the juniors are starting to see the finish line. 

With graduation right around the corner, many students are trying to figure out what they want to do with their lives. This is a big decision and for many, it can make or break their success and happiness in the future.

Juniors were asked what their plans were, where they wanted to live, and if they were ready to graduate.

Tori Haney wants to go to college after high school and will be moving out of my parent’s house after she graduates, “I want to be like a hair and nails person… I do want to live in Idaho but probably not in Rathdrum.”

Noah Diaz doesn’t know if he will live in Idaho in the future but assumes he will and when asked what he wanted to do after high school he said, “Computer science, it is pretty much-designing software for computers and or games. The guy that answers the phone and helps fix the computer, I will be that guy”.

Trey South is excited to graduate from Lakeland High School and when asked what he was going to do after high school, “I am going to go into a trade school… I probably will not live in Idaho and instead move to Montana”.  

John Meredith is ambitious to leave Lakeland High School and be able to make money on his own by becoming a track hoe operator. When asked if he was planning on living in Idaho after high school he said, “I would like to live in Idaho because that’s where the business I am planning to work for is located, but I don’t know if I will be able to afford housing at the rate the inflation is going.

Marina Herrera is excited to graduate and start the process of making her career possible by going to either Boise State University or Arizona State University. She says, “I want to start my own real estate business… I want to live somewhere with all four seasons, maybe just Coeur d’ Alene.

Obviously, the junior class is excited to graduate and become functioning members of society. From tractors to nails we will fill many jobs in the job industries by working hard and having a high school diploma.

Next year I plan on talking to these individuals to see if any of their plans have changed during their senior year.

Many students at Lakeland High School hopeful are coming to realize that they most likely will not be the president, a superhero, or a professional athlete. The junior class is now at the age that adulthood is about to hit us in the face and we need to decide what our future consists of.

In my future, I plan on maybe going to college but I don’t see much of a point of it because I don’t know what I want to do with my life. 

When I graduate though I would like to join the Army and serve for four years. I hope to be at a place in my life where I am comfortable with money and have a stable career in the early stages of my adulthood, but that may be hard to achieve.