By Milena Romano and Tyra Carter
Have you ever dreamed of being rich or famous? Or just doing what you love? From being an actress, or software engineer, or all professions in between, Jamesville-DeWitt students and staff share what they plan to do in the future.
Senior Benjamin Wipper says his dream job is to be a professional keytarists (a piano guitar player). “I think it’s my calling, it’s the thing that makes me happy,” said Wipper. Along with the dream of stardom, freshman Leah Netti and freshman Zion Alex hope to be famous actresses. Both have family members who have been on Broadway, which inspired them to be actresses. “I’ve always been into performing,” said Netti. “As a child, I always liked theater and television, so I wanted to pursue it as a career,” said Alex.
However not all J-DHS students want to be on stage. Junior Matthew O’Connor dreams of being an economic professor, just like his mother. He has no worries that he will be able to pursue this career in the future, because, he says “I’m a smart kid, and I know what I’m doing.” Freshman Celia Reistrom and Rachel Setek are striving to be lawyers in the future. “It’s fun to argue and prove you’re right,” Setek. Reistrom plans to take public speaking and practical law classes at J-DHS in the future, in preparation for her future profession.
Other students at J-DHS dream of protecting our country. Junior Ethan Palmer would like to go into the Marines. “I want to do something with my life and protect the country,” says Palmer. Even though he may have to risk his life for this job, he still wants to pursue it and has taken a military history course at J-DHS in preparation for the Marines. Like Palmer, sophomore Nick Sturgeon would also like to help the country. Sturgeon sees himself being an officer in the Department of Environmental Conservation, or being part of law enforcement in some way. “I like the outdoors, and enforcing,” says Sturgeon. Senior Hannah Hastings at J-DHS is already on the road to her dream job. She dreams of being a massage therapist, and is going to the Finger Lakes School of Massage after her graduation this June for college. “I've always had a massage therapist around the house that my mom is very close with, so I got into it and I really like helping people,” says Hastings.
J-DHS teachers shine some light on their dream jobs, and whether or not they are currently living them right now. “I love working with students to make their writing better and become better communicators,“ says English teacher Joe Dechick. He has been working for Jamesville-DeWitt for 15 years and has been both a journalism adviser and an English teacher. Since he has always wanted to be a journalist and a teacher, being an English teacher is the “perfect storm of dream jobs.” Moreover, Global History teacher of eight years Jamie Crawford didn't originally want to be a teacher, even though her mother, sister, grandma, and aunt were all teachers. “It was always talked about in my family,” says Ms. Crawford. Although Ms. Crawford has other passions, she would never change her job. “I went to college and fell in love with history, and then took it from there,“ said Ms. Crawford.
Physics teacher Richard Adler has similar opinions on his job of 21 years. Right out of college Mr. Adler didn't want to be a teacher because he didn't think he could handle the kids, but he decided to pursue the career anyway and found that he enjoyed teaching. He still enjoys working with students and says he “would never change his job.” Not all teachers however, are in love with their jobs. Even though history teacher Donna Oppedisano gets enormous satisfaction from teaching, she has many passions that she wishes to pursue outside of J-DHS. She has always dreamed of being a journalist. ”I’ve loved my career, but I want to try other things,” says Ms. Oppedisano.
Anywhere from physical trainers, lawyers, teachers, actresses, and financial advisors, J-DHS students and staff have or will make major decisions on what they want to do in their lives. “It’s a great life,” says Dechick.