Seniors share hopes for the future

April 20, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

The Herald-Mail asked high school seniors who agreed to participate in our monthly Senior Moments series the following question: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Jessey Flowers, 17

Clear Spring High School

When asked what he'll be doing in 10 years, Jessey jokingly said, "Living on a beach with a lot of nice-looking women."

However, he said it's more likely that he'll have a good job, be making a good salary and hopefully be married.

"I have no idea what kind of job," he said. "I'm not really sure what I'd actually be good at."

He does know that he excels in karate, and hopes to be at least a fourth-degree black belt by the time he is 27. He now is a second-degree black belt.


"I don't see myself moving far away from Clear Spring because it's so nice and peaceful," Jessey said. "I like the country. I went to New York and hated it ... too many people."

Christiana Gagnon, 17

Williamsport High School

In 10 years, Christina Gagnon says she'll have a college degree, a good job and hopefully be starting to settle down.

After she graduates in June, Christina will enroll at Hagerstown Community College. She later plans to attend Allegany College of Maryland to become a dental hygienist.

"I might go back to college, though," Christiana said. "To a music conservatory ... I might do something with music."

Aside from her career, she also is thinking about family.

"I do really hope I have a family by then," Christiana said. "I'll be 27 ... Oh my gosh."

She said she does not want to stay in Washington County, even though this area is home. Christiana said the area is becoming too congested, and she would like to move somewhere warmer.

"Or maybe out in Allegany County," she said. "It's nice there. It's pretty. It's a nice place to raise a family."

Meagan Graff, 17

North Hagerstown High School

A decade from now, Meagan hopes to be working as an aerospace engineer for NASA.

She said she would like to move to Houston and work there for NASA. Another choice is a career with Northrop Grumman, also as an aerospace engineer.

"I'd hope to be settled down (by then), but who knows," Meagan said.

Meagan also hopes to continue her involvement with music, but said that will depend on where her career takes her.

Christopher Mozingo, 17

South Hagerstown High School

In 10 years, Christopher hopes to have finished his service with the U.S. Marines, have a college degree and have moved away from Hagerstown.

Christopher said he plans to enlist in the Marines after he graduates from high school in June. He said he will enroll in college and study criminal justice after he completes his military service.

With that degree, he hopes to have a career as a police officer or working for the FBI.

"I'll probably be married, too," Christopher said. "And I'll probably move out of Hagerstown."

Stacey Pittman, 18

Hancock Middle-Senior High School

Stacey thinks about her part-time job, softball practice and school. Ten years from now, she hopes to be thinking about her career as a nurse and her growing family.

"Hopefully, I'll be married and have had a kid, and have a good job going," said Stacey, who hopes to work in a hospital.

She said she doesn't know if she'll stay in Hancock, where she moved in the sixth grade from rural Pennsylvania.

"I want to be in the city, where there is more opportunity," she said.

Misbah Shafi, 17

Smithsburg High School

Misbah said she is focused more on her undergraduate years in college than she is on what she'll be doing 10 years from now.

In general, though, she said that at 28 years old, she hopes to have a successful career.

"And possibly doing charity and relief work in other countries that need aid," Misbah said. "Though I haven't really thought that far ahead in life. I think that undergrad will give me a lot of options to choose from as far as what I want to do after I graduate college."

Nicodeme Agassy Wanko, 17

Boonsboro High School

In 10 years, Nico said he hopes to have a steady job and maybe a family.

Other than that, he said he isn't sure where life will take him.

"I'm not too sure," he said. "I'm keeping my options open. I don't usually plan things. They usually just happen as I go."

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