Graduating from high school is tough.
Aside from meeting requirements for graduation, students must prepare and review for entrance examinations in colleges and universities of their choice.
Choosing what course to take also makes matters worse for some students, knowing this would significantly influence the type of job they would do for the rest of their lives.
Christian Jeremiah Villaviza, who attends Valenzuela National High School, is one of the senior high school students facing this dilemma.
“Mayroon po akong apat na choices engineering, psychology, medicine, at education,” Christian admitted.
To help undecided students like Christian to make up their minds, Valenzuela City Congressman Sherwin “Win” Gatchalian held a career orientation in 19 public high school students in his city.
The two-hour orientation, which began on August 26 and will run until September 16, will discuss the things senior students need to consider to know which course they should take.
Renato Singson, a guidance counselor at Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Valenzuela (PLV), advised Christian to take his strengths and weaknesses into consideration.
“Ito ay stepping stone, para malaman ng estudyante kung ano ang kahinaan at kalakasan ng kurso na kukunin nila,” Singson explained.
“Ang basic idea (ay) kumuha ng kurso na base sa kanilang mental at financial na kakayahan,” he went on.
Singson also encouraged students to narrow down their choices to two so as to make their decision-making easier.
“Dapat i-limit niyo lamang sa dalawa ‘yung choice niyo. Tandaan niyo na dapat kaya ng utak niyo at may passion din kayo dito (sa course na gusto niyo),” he clarified.
This advice particularly helped Justine Cardenas, a fourth year high school student at Dalandanan National High School, to finally arrive at a decision.
“Mayroon po akong dalawang choice, nursing at education. Pero dahil po sinabi na dapat piliin ‘yung kaya (mo at kayang tustusan ng magulang ko) at passion mo, itutuloy ko na po ang nursing,” Justine said.
“Nanay ko po ang may gusto n’ung education. Noon pa man po, gusto ko na talagang mag-nurse,” she added.
After a few rounds of question and answer, Christian still has not yet decided what course fits him. But the two-hour orientation, he said, enlightened him.
“Sa tulong po ng career orientation, na limit ko na lang po sa dalawa ‘yung choices ko- engineering at psychology,” Christian disclosed.
It is important, Singson noted, for parents to physically, financially, and emotionally support undecided students like Christian so as to give them confidence they need in making the right decision.
“Kung hindi nila tutulungan ang kanilang mga anak ay malayong makabuo ng isang pangarap ang bata,” he said. (Camille Nepomuceno)