Hurry Up and Wait

Susan and her friends struggle to figure out what they want out of life.
Alicia, Susan, and Kayla wonder what they’ll do after graduation.

The guys wait for Alicia after school.

I always felt like I was in a hurry to grow up. Maybe it’s because I have two older brothers and had to wait until I was their age to do anything worth doing. I’m almost there, almost grown up. I see all these changes coming, but at the same time, everything is still the same.

David, Carlos, and Andy are still hanging out, just like always. Andy finally got a cell, so he’s on it all the time, but really, other than that, they’re the same goofy guys I’ve known since elementary school.

And I’ve still got my group, all friends since ninth grade when Alicia moved to town and brought us all together. She’s the one we all wanna hang out with. Especially the guys. Especially Carlos.

Click here to see David, Carlos, and Andy hanging out.

Susan doesn’t want to get stuck working in a job she hates.


But the end is in sight, and soon, everything will be different. I mean, graduation seems forever away and right around the corner, all at the same time. I keep thinking, in just six months, I’ll know what I’ll be doing for the next few years, maybe even the rest of my life. And that’s weird, to be so permanent. I mean, I’m still just seventeen.



Click here to watch Susan talking to her friends about the future.

Sometimes I wonder if any of my other friends think of this stuff.

Click here to see Andy’s thoughts on what to do after graduation.


Students can get help figuring out what they want to do after graduation by using resources on the web.

See Virginia-Specific resources below:

Virginia-Specific Resources

Check out theses websites to see which program best fits your needs.

The Virginia Career VIEW website can help you learn more about yourself and the jobs that match your interests.

  • Use “Jobs by subject” to see which jobs match your favorite subjects in school.
  • Use the “Proficiency search” to enter activities you enjoy and find the jobs that go with them.
  • Use the “Who R U?” test to see which type of career is best for you based upon your answers to simple questions.
  • Explore other links from this page to learn more about other career choices.

Click here to access the Virginia Career VIEW website.