A trend Warrior Words readers may notice while reading my column this year may be a majority of them being about how shocked and overwhelmed seniors are at the fact that we will be in college within the next few months. With 2015 upon us now — Happy New Year to everyone reading — as Jackie Cooke said in her recent article, this is really it. For most of us, this is the culmination of our time in the Wilton school system or wherever we come from; this is what all of our years of hard work in the classroom have led up to. While this is the end of our time in the Wilton school system, not everyone will be pursuing higher education afterwards. Many people will be working, going to trade school, or even enlisting in the military. I think a lot of people in this town and this area seem to forget that, and honestly, how could one not? Wilton’s graduation rates and percentages of students who go to places of higher learning after Wilton High School are among the highest in the country. It is incredible, and something I know I take for granted at times, and I am sure some of my classmates and peers have at one time or another.
To clarify, the graduation and college attendance rates are phenomenal, and I am not saying these are bad things. Rather, I feel that a burden has been put on Wilton students, and it almost seems like a competition to get into the best, most well-regarded school there is, which in my opinion should not be what high school is about. Students should absolutely be motivated to work harder and achieve more in order to get into better schools or have better opportunities after high school, but in our society there is too much comparison and competition with one another. Students ought to find a school, or place, that is a great fit, and is somewhere they will enjoy their time. They ought not to search for destinations based solely off name recognition and how they correlate with test scores or grade-point averages. The college search is the search for a new home, not an institution worth bragging about to friends and family.