When I look at my transcript from Kenny Lake School I know I have succeeded at being a “book smart” student. But as I go to apply for college and for the Free Application For Student Aid, I realize I have not been so successful at learning how to live in the world. I have applied for college and have been accepted, but what is my next move? What do I do when I get there? How do I even get there whether that is money or even transportation? Do I even know how to get around? How do I fill out taxes? How do I do anything besides schoolwork?
School has become my life for 13 years, and it's as if I have been brainwashed to do nothing else. School is all about learn this and do this math equation, but where are the practical lessons we should learn? In class you follow what a teacher tells you to, you sit quiet and answer questions when called upon. But in life there will be a time when you have to come up with something without instruction, when you have to speak up, and when you need to do the opposite of what you are told. Have I been prepared to leave this school in less than three months and succeed at whatever I want to do? Do I even know at all what I am supposed to do? I feel like a lost puppy drifting through the sands of time, not really knowing what to expect when I leave here. So I pose the question for many of us “Am I in over my head?”