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Alums to grads: There's more than one path to success

Original post made on Jun 2, 2017

Every spring at Gunn High School, graduating seniors adhere to a tradition: posting college rejection letters on what has been dubbed the "wall of rejection" on the quad.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, June 2, 2017, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Blake Wilson
a resident of Professorville
on Jun 2, 2017 at 10:43 am

Getting closer, also: YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO TO COLLEGE AT ALL. YOU DON'T NEED AN "IMPRESSIVE" CAREER TO BE HAPPY OR GOOD. It's been like 8 years since the first suicide cluster and just now you're publishing that community college isn't shameful? Palo Alto needs a drastic realignment of consciousness to save it's kids from loneliness, isolation and depression.

Posted by Gunn Mom
a resident of Gunn High School
on Jun 2, 2017 at 11:15 am

A lot of Gunn kids are going the community college route this year. It's an affordable alternative that make sense. It is an excellent first step that many talented young people are taking.

I think the "stigma" today is not the same today as what these people in the article remember. Four-year colleges are extremely expensive. Whatever the Weekly is saying, kids at Gunn tell me with pride that they have chosen a community college--and they should. Our local community colleges are excellent schools.

There are many paths after high school--with or without college. Choose a path that is meaningful to you without stressing about it and work hard at whatever you do. Forks in the road regularly appear. Opportunities to redirect are ever-present. Be open to them and be prepared for the many surprises life will offer you.

Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 2, 2017 at 11:26 am

Anecdotally, I have heard of many PA HS grads who go away to college for a semester and come back only to decide to do Community College while living at home.

I fear that academics aside, a great many HS grads are not well prepared for living away from home. Whether it is laundry, food, personal relationships, not having parents telling them when to get up and when to go to bed (among other things) or not being able to function in an atmosphere that is different from home comforts, they just don't seem to be ready to do it on their own.

I see HS kids being driven everywhere by parents and being closeted up at home behind screens of all descriptions who are not learning the skills needed to succeed in a college environment where perhaps they have to share a college dorm room with someone who has differences to themselves.

I see no shame in not going away to a 4 year college if that is the plan, but I do wonder why so many come back and use Community College as Plan B.

Posted by Michal Pasternak
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jun 2, 2017 at 11:37 am

Thank you for telling these stories. If you'd like to read more life and career stories from Palo Alto alumni, please visit Web Link

Our goal is to shatter the myth that we believed growing up- that our career and life follow one linear path with the end goal of achieving one universal definition of success. We hope to replace it with the reality we’ve uncovered- that our career and life is a winding path made of different, sometimes unpredictable chapters in which our definition of success shifts.

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