The Road Not Taken

Priya Kukreja, Co Editor In Chief

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Robert Frost famously once wrote, “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both.” However, for seniors John David Mezger, Caitlin McCarthy, and Logan Everts, there is no fear of regret in choosing the path that they are soon going to travel by.
While a traditional four-year college is often the norm for plans after graduation, these three seniors have proudly chosen nontraditional paths to take after high school.
Senior John David Mezger became interested in drum crops and indoor band after meeting people from the cymbal community. Although he was never certain of his plans for in college, he sees it as an opportunity that can be pursued at anytime in his life. Right now, however, is a time for him to follow his dreams.
“I am determined to be the best cymbal player in the world. The innovation of the instrument is crazy and I want to be a leader in the community. I want to take the next few years to move around and march different ensembles. With an age before I am 22, I don’t want to waste my time,”
After high school, Mezger plans to move to Chicago to march the “Cavaliers Indoor Percussion” group, an award-winning world class winter percussion ensemble. In his free time, he will be dedicated to working and practicing.
“On the weekends I will be at rehearsal from Friday night to Sunday night, mostly running around a gym with big metal things. Logistically I’m just going to try to make enough money to afford the season of drum corps the following summer,” Mezger said.
Mezger is driven by his dream and his desire to experiment with music, which is similar to many other seniors who have sought out untraditional forms of schooling after high school.
Senior Caitlin McCarthy has opted to take a gap year to be a part of the “Youth With A Mission” program. In September of 2017, McCarthy will move to Kona, HI where she will dedicate her life to personal growth and service.
“For three months, I will live in a place where I can be radically transformed by the power of God’s love and learn from one encounter to the next. After, I will travel to another country for three months to serve and passionately share my faith with others,” McCarthy said.
McCarthy is guided by a spirit of adventure and a desire to serve others. Stepping out of her comfort zone, she hopes to explore other parts of the world and immerse herself in different cultures in the process.
“I decided to choose this journey because I want to grow intellectually and spiritually. I want to full-heartedly serve and love others and God. While experiencing community living and making lifelong friends, I truly hope to discover my calling and the specific vision the Lord has over my life,” McCarthy said.
The desire to serve others is present within senior Logan Everts as well, who has also chosen to do something different with his future.
Senior Logan Everts enlisted in the U.S. Army in April and is preparing to complete his requirements for Basic Combat Training. He will be in Georgia for ten weeks after high school, and then move to Missouri to learn his specific job for six more weeks.
“Basic Training is ten weeks of grueling work to better myself as a soldier. When I have completed that, I will be a motor transport operator, so I will be trained to drive every vehicle the Army owns,” Everts said.
After completing these requirements, Everts will come home briefly before going to Florida for college and serving at the base where he is stationed. After being accepted to a program at University of Florida for an innovation minor, Everts decided to do something in the fall that would help him pay for his college.
“I choose this path to first off pay for college, which is excellent with the program I was accepted into. I also chose it to serve this country and all its people that I love,” Everts said.
College is often the plan that is presented consistently throughout high school. But similar to these seniors, counselors Loel Schettler and Jillian Depue also cite other options for post-high school paths as well. These include trade programs at community colleges, mechanical engineering jobs after two-years of college, as well as various nursing programs.
The variety of choices that lie in the future cannot be constrained by just two paths, but rather a multiplicity of directions. Mezger, McCarthy, and Everts all demonstrate that it is still possible to pursue other passions while keeping college an option for later.

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