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Hey guys. I know most of us just started school, but for me, this is my third week back. This past Friday was my very first football game. This is also my sophomore year, and I know a lot of my friends who are seniors and even juniors have NO IDEA what they want to do in life - or what college they even want to go to - so I came up with a few lists you can follow. I give you: The College Tryouts.

What Do You Want to Go to College for?

Well, there are several colleges you can go to, but first, you have to pick what you want to do for the rest of your life - or working life I should say. I know exactly which college I want to go to, but I am still uncertain of my major, so here are some jobs you can consider:

Vet: If you love animals, then this is the job for you. If you want to perform surgery on the animal, then I suggest going for eight years to college. If you want nothing to do with blood and cutting open innocent animals, then I suggest going for four years and becoming a vet's secretary. But if you are really squeamish around blood, then I suggest not going to college for veterinarian.
dog gifDoctor: If you want to save lives and are OK around blood, I suggest becoming a doctor. What kind of doctor you want to be is up to you, and the types are endless. Most colleges, if you go to be a doctor, will keep you for eight years or more, depending on the type of doctor.

Nurse: Nurses usually deal with checking a patient into and out of a hospital, do daily check-ups and shots for kids and adults. They also prep kids, teens, and adults for surgery, and mostly nurses deal with ultrasounds and taking care of babies. If you LOVE babies, then study to be a nurse. Now I'm not sure how many years you have to go, but I know mainly each college makes up go for up to four years.
nurse scrubs gifGetting away from the doctor subjects, you can try these careers if hospitals kinda aren't your thing:

Police: If you don't like hospitals but love justice and crime solving, a police officer is definitely your type of job. Usually a high school student going into college will need to take four years of training, then another four years of all that fancy stuff that police have to do.

Lawyer: If you are interested in justice but don't like blood and getting a near-death experience like me, then the perfect job for you is becoming a lawyer. Lawyers get all the perks of fighting justice, like defending wrongly accused people or fighting against the guilty. IMO, lawyers are awesome. They get to fight justice, get paid a lot of money and can save many lives. Now in my high school, if you want to become a lawyer, there is a special class we have called Law and Business, but that is your decision not mine.
Getting away from business-like things, you can be some more creative and active jobs in life.

Professional Musician: Pro musicians are awesome. You can either be classical like Beethoven, punk rock like Fall Out Boy or KISS or maybe even today's greatest stars like Nicki Minaj, 5 Seconds of Summer and Jason Derulo. Most of these great artists did go to college. Most went for things that they aren't even doing now. Others just went for a degree, which is better than not having one I guess. But you don't even need to be a singer, you can be a musician by playing an instrument and getting into a college that lets you go to Carnegie Hall and perform.

Professional Athlete: Pro athletes are (along with musicians and performers) what make this country what it is. I know that becoming a professional-anything isn't really doable unless you're really good, but with lots of practice and a good college, you can make ANY dream come true. If you want to be a pro athlete like soccer star Abby Wambach, Hope Solo and Mia Hamm or become a basketball pro like Michael Jordan, LeBron James and John Wall, I suggest going to great sports colleges and getting some private practice with your coach, teammates and even your parents. That is how I am getting so good at being a third-baseman and part-time catcher on the Lady Redskins softball team. But lots of practice, and a great college will make your athletic dream like mine, a reality.

Actress: Becoming an actress is what every little girl dreams of at one point or another. Most dream of becoming like Jennifer Lawrence. But this dream is more realistic than becoming a musician or an athlete. Or you can go on Broadway like Kristin Chenoweth as Glenda in Wicked or many other inspiring Broadway stars.
jennifer lawrence gifNow there are many jobs to choose from, but I just narrowed down the most picked jobs. Now for the schools. Just like careers, there are MANY colleges to apply to. For sports, the following colleges are good to apply to, also for musician and acting careers, but sports came to mind.

Where Will You Go to College?

University of Connecticut: The University of Connecticut, home of the 10-time Lady Husky basketball champions, is located in Storrs, Conn., just a few hours away from New York City itself. This is my first pick since I want to go to college for sports. Its colors are blue, red and gray. Its mascot is Jonathan the Husky. When you Google UConn, take a look at its awesome dorms. It's like you never want to leave.

University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa: The University of Alabama is located in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Crimson Tide has the best NCAA softball team on this side of the Mississippi River. Its colors are crimson red and white, I think, and its campus is BEAUTIFUL.
Louisiana State University (LSU): LSU is home of the tigers has the best softball team on the West Side of the Mississippi River. LSU is only an hour or two from New Orleans. LSU's colors are purple and gold and obviously its mascot is the tiger.

If you want to be a musician, then go to these schools.

Juilliard School for Performing Arts: Juilliard is located in Lincoln Center on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Juilliard is a school for dramatic, music and dancing arts, so if you are a musician, a dramatic person who gets all the leads, and a dance fanatic, then this school is for you.
Now for the law stuff. Now this school is definitely for you.

Stanford University: Stanford University is a pre-med, pre-law type of school, so basically all things doctors and law will be good enough for it and you. Stanford also has basketball and other sports teams. Stanford University is in Stanford, Calif. Its colors are cardinal, and I'm pretty sure that is also its mascot.

Those are the best schools I know. Like I said, there are other great schools and other great jobs and careers. I hope that helps you choose or start looking and thinking about your future. But until then, if you have any questions, then talk to your school's guidance counselor or your parents. They may say you are too young, but if you have any questions, don't be afraid to talk to someone about it. Your future is IMPORTANT; you will not always be in high school. Also, if you want some more help, you can contact me.
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