Where Will You Be in 20 Years?

Seniors Predict and Hope For the Future

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Twenty years ago it was 1994. 1994 may not seem like it was that long ago but our world was actually very different. This year’s graduating seniors were not born yet, iPhones and social networking did not exist, the Rwandan Genocide was in effect, Nelson Mandela was elected President of South Africa, Bill Clinton was the President of the United States, Forrest Gump was the Best Picture of the year, Jonathan Taylor Thomas was a teenage heartthrob, and Ace of Base was topping the Billboard Charts. A lot changes in twenty years.

Now look ahead to twenty year from now. The year will be 2034. This year’s graduation seniors will be thirty-eight years old. What will life be like? Scientists predict obesity rates will increase, the US population will become more ethnically diverse, and “driverless cars” could exist. I spoke to some seniors to get their perspective on what they expect their futures to be like.

 

I think for the most part it’s gonna be pretty bad because I think a lot of the environmental stuff is going to deteriorate, but I think we’re gonna have some cool tech!”

— Rebecca Borland

I think there are going to be a lot of resource wars, we are going to have problems with energy, here is going to be a lot more techonological innovation, and things are gonna be more based on the internet.”

— Anushka Sarkar

I think people who have a pessimistic view on the future are going to create a pessismistic and negative future. You need to have a positive outlook on what’s gonna happen and I feel like as a society we are going to be able to get our stuff together and we’re gonna be able to figure stuff out here. I have a lot of hope. We have a lot of very creative people not just in terms of art… but creative people that are gonna make a lot of big revolutions and changes in society. I think the future is gonna be dope… like Star Trek stuff. I think we are gonna get some really cool stuff up in here and I think its gonna be great.”

— Jason Pauli

School will probably be more intense since the latest trends show that people are taking more APs and parents are pushing people harder and it will be harder to get into schools- but in schools it will be more advanced… I think we will be more culturally diverse.”

— Olivia Von Opel

I think that the world will be like the movie WALL-E.”

— Daniel Wu

I think if you’ve ever seen the TV show Black Mirror, the episode where everyone is on a bike and then the guy is like, ‘I’m gonna kill myself’, and he does it and becomes commericalized.”

— Al Brenner

I think that our generation is going to be behind past generation when they are thirty or forty years old because of the heavy student loans and cost of college.”

— Rachel Hirsch

Depressing, shortage of water, natural gases. Maybe post-apocolyptic like Road Warrior style… It’s not gonna be good.”

— Kyler McDermott

 

Aside from that, the important question is, what do you want your life to be in twenty years time? I also asked the seniors what they hope for themselves personally.

 

I just want a nice life… just comfortable.”

— Rebecca Borland

I hope to be happy and making a positive difference.”

— Anushka Sarkar

I hope in twenty years i’ll have the opportunity to have worked with some of my favroite cinemtographers and directors in the world, and hopefull I will be able to be prominent in the film industry as a cinemetographer and be able to develop my own style.”

— Jason Pauli

Hopefully I will be having a career in theater and i’ll be living in a big city since I’m moving to New York for college next year. After that I hope I’m just happy. I hope I’m not married, I hope I don’t have kids but I hope I have lasting relationships with friends and people.”

— Olivia von Opel

I hope to be an entrepraneur and start my business to save the environment.”

— Daniel Wu

I hope to be a world dictator.”

— Al Brenner

I hope to have a stable career… and to be happy.”

— Rachel Hirsch

I hope to be alive at the very least. I mean, if I set the bar pretty low then whatever happens seems pretty good in comparison.”

— Kyle McDermott