During recent years, many Hollywood movies dedicated to all kinds of utopian or dystopian future societies have been released; in literature, the dystopian genre has also become quite popular among adults and especially teenagers in the U.S. But what about the world that young people would like to live in?
According to recent studies by Dr. Alice Freidenhsrauer, the majority of young people connect the future world with the intense development of technologies (FaResearch.net) Usually, they describe their perfect version of the future as a world where Internet-based technologies are integrated in daily life so much that there is no perceived difference between virtual reality and the real world. For example, Dr. Freidenhsrauer gives an example of Tony Herbenson, a 19-year-old student from Silverton College of Arts, who described the future he would like to live in as a place where technologies have become as natural as speech or sight; Tony suggested that in the future, people will implant certain gadgets in their bodies—for example, communication devices, which allow the immediate access to the Internet, or to virtual (enhanced) reality, and so on. This reminds of the ideas of transhumanists, who believe that merging technologies with the human body would be a natural stage of evolution for humankind.
Another research study conducted by the IFR Institute showed that among people between 16 and 26 years old said that one of the crucial components of the perfect world they would like to live in is peace and welfare. By peace, the respondents meant the absence of wars—either global or local, and by welfare they implied mostly health. After the recent media panic around Ebola, many young people consider health safety to be crucial for well-being, rather than money or success. Young people hope scientists will soon manage to find cures for such major diseases as cancer, HIV, and Ebola. Also, young people expect humanity to solve the problem of hunger and overpopulation.
Recent studies in Silverton, co-conducted by the SAN Institute in 2013, show the perfect world for young people is impossible without having solved ecological problems. Global warming seems to be the problem that worries young middle-class Americans significantly; about 34% of respondents believe the current ecological situation affects their health and mental condition directly; 40% think bad ecology might have a connection to certain causes of sickness they had in the past, or have now. Only 10% of respondents do not believe ecology affects them in any way. So, “a clear sky above the head” is also a part of how young people see a perfect world.
The idea of a perfect world is not new; recently, it has become rather popular in cinema and literature. At the same time, young people have their own set of images and requirements towards the future. They include expectations for advanced communication technologies to become an integral part of everyday life; curing major diseases and solving such problems as hunger and overpopulation; and the end to global warming. Therefore, we may imply that the vision of modern young Americans reflects the existing social tendencies rather accurately.
Freidenhsrauer, Alice. “How Youngsters See the Future.” FaResearch.net. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Feb. 2015.
“Is the Future Without Diseases Possible?” IFRInstitute.net. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Feb. 2015.
“Ecology as the Major Factor of Happiness.” SAN Institute. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Feb. 2015.
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Prompt: Explain a career goal you have and the steps you plan to take to achieve it. Be sure to include specific steps you must take.
The Chinese philosopher Confucius once said, "when it is obvious that a goal can't be reached, one should adjust the steps to take and not the goal." I have found this to be true in my own pursuit of my career goal. Confucius' statement reinforces the idea that certain goals in our lives are important and immovable. If a goal is starting to seem unreachable, that doesn't mean we should abandon the goal, but rather adjust our plans. Having a firm goal for a future career is important to me as a high school student. Although I have chosen a very lofty goal, I won't let it go. In fact, I have had the same career goal since I was six years old: the goal to become a veterinarian.
The career goal of veterinarian is one that requires extensive preparation. I am doing everything in my power to achieve my goal. Because a veterinarian needs to have a depth of knowledge about all of the sciences, I have chosen to take as many science courses as I can during this time in my life. Further, a veterinarian needs to have a high degree of comfort and ease around animals of all kinds. This has inspired me to read as much as I can about the animal kingdom and spend as much time as possible with animals. My goal requires that I become an expert in animal care, so I have even started a side business as a pet babysitter. All of these steps take me closer to my future goal.
Additionally, my future goal requires me to skillfully manage my time. The more I can achieve during my high school years, the better prepared I will be for the next required step towards my goal of attending college. For example, my skills in time management combined with my subject knowledge will serve me well when I enter the college chapter of my veterinarian training. If I manage my time successfully, I will be ready to tackle the advanced academics in veterinarian school. I will also have plenty of experience with animals to bring to my future practice. The more knowledge and experience I have, the more I can serve animals and make a difference in their lives.
Academic achievement is a large part of preparing for my goal, but there are other skills I must acquire. In fact, Veterinarians must also be excellent communicators and have skills in leadership and public speaking. To this end, I will need to participate in community outreach. I plan to volunteer at animal shelters throughout high school and college, allowing me to interact with community members and make decisions as part of a committee. When I finally enter Veterinarian graduate school, I plan to attend the University of Illinois, a school with high standards for admission. If, for some reason I am not admitted, I will revisit my goals and decide which specific steps I need to take to be successful the second time.
Ultimately, I will need to stay motivated throughout the various steps towards my goal. To keep myself inspired, I will think of how wonderful it will be to work with animals and to do the thing I love most in the world. I will also remind myself that my future career choice is lucrative and will allow me to support myself and my family. Ultimately, Becoming a veterinarian will be rewarding to me both personally and professionally. It will also be the culmination of my goal-setting process. I will also be satisfied by knowing I am saving the lives of animals. Once I am in my own veterinarian practice, it will be time to set new goals based on my desire to eventually teach at a Veterinarian school and pass on the fruits of my hard work to other goal-oriented animal lovers.