So I’m 15 years old and will be a Junior in high school next year who has been trying to discern the priesthood, but when ever I mention that (either in a post or with the only time I’ve talked to someone in person about my discernment) I’m usually told “oh don’t worry about it. You’re so young you have time to think about it,” but I can’t stand it when people tell me that.
The problem with saying that is that when you say I shouldn’t worry about it, it implies that fifteen year olds aren’t terrified of their future. I don’t know a single person my age who isn’t panicked about what they’re going to do in a very short while. We basically have a year and a half to figure out where we’re going to go after high school, and that isn’t much time, especially when you’re going to be drowning in homework and studying for a good portion of that.
Every high school student I know compulsively checks their grades and beats themselves up when their GPA drops, because they aren’t going to be eligibable for scholarships if it drops too much (not to mention ACTs that are rapidly approaching). We’re all plenty worried about college and the student loans that will hit us immediately afterwards.
My time is rapidly coming to an end, and I need to figure out if it’s UNO or the seminary. If it’s the seminary I’m going to need to dramatically change the classes I’m taking senior year, because currently it’s probably going to be a lot of computer science stuff, but those classes will become unnecessary if I end up going to the seminary.
This is why I’m tired of hearing how much time I have, and how I don’t need to be worrying right now. The clock is ticking, and it’s ticking faster than I’d like. I had the next eight years layed out pretty well for me (finish high school with a 3.5 or above and get a 30 on the ACT, then go to UNO on a regency scholarship and graduate with a masters degree in computer science and almost no debt), but now this priesthood thing has really thrown a wrench in that. I need to figure out if I should be going to the seminary right after high school, or go with my original plan. It’s a huge decision I need to make soon.
This whole thing is why I try to be vague about my age in general comments (asking for advice in my discernment is basically the only time I don’t). People need to stop patronizing younger people like they aren’t stressed about the future, because we are more than terrified.
I don’t really have any questions. I guess does this bother anyone else if you’re a young person?