Then and Now


‘Follow your dreams,’ yes everyone says it, but what happens when those dreams fail or evolve into something else? It is no surprise that some dreams don’t come true, but that doesn’t always have to be seen negatively. Our dreams change alongside ourselves, for better or for worse.

When we’re kids, we believe we can do anything we set our mind to and be whoever we want. However, that is not always the case in reality. Life just isn’t that simple.

Children mature and sometimes adopt a different dream. Think about what your parents wanted to be at your age and what career they have now. Dreams change, people change.

SJHHS students Megan Friess (12) and Kacie Tatman (12) had dreams that grew along with themselves.

As a kid, Friess wanted to become an entomologist and study the world of insects. Now, she is working towards becoming a psychiatrist to help those suffering mental disorders.

“I want to figure out why people think and behave the way they do,” said Friess.

Tatman dreamed of a career in the spotlight as a singer. Now she hopes to be a reporter, broadcasting breaking news to the nation.

“In front or behind the camera is where I want to be,” said Tatman (12) with a wide smile.

Former student Eric Pintar also had dreams that evolved and changed.

Pintar wanted to help animals as a veterinarian, and now he is working toward a career in ecology and sustainability.

“I want to make a difference,” said Pintar.

However, for some, dreams stay the same.

Another former SJHHS student, Brooke Fryer is striving toward her childhood dream to become a fashion designer, and currently studies communications and design.

“Fashion has always been my passion,” said Fryer.

Discover and follow your dreams no matter where they take you. Don’t let the world change or manipulate who you truly are. Begin your walk on the road of self discovery.