Most of my time in high school was spent preparing for college.
I was taking AP classes for college credit and piling on extracurricular activities to improve my college resume.
Whenever I wasn’t studying I spent working as a dishwasher in an assisted living facility. My other friends were a lot busier with drugs and girls instead. Andy struggled constantly in school, so it wasn’t a surprise to many when he started hanging out with delinquents. But by the time we had finally graduated high school, the weight of reality finally sunk in and Andy had to find a job. He worked for grocery and hardware stores, the boating marina near downtown, and a handful of different restaurants. His real chance at success came when a relative of his was raving about his years of working for a residential heating and cooling company. He gave Andy all of the information about where he can receive his certification and how he could apply for work once he got to that point. Now he’s out of debt and living comfortably with a well paying job being an HVAC technician. Depending on the day he’s either fixing, servicing, or installing commercial or residential heating and cooling systems. Since indoor climate control also encompasses air purification, that’s a huge part of his job as well. I’m proud that Andy found his calling in life by working in the heating and cooling industry. Since indoor climate control is an essential service that grows in demand with each passing year, he has more job security than the friends of mine who are trying to be college professors right now.