Where to next? The Clutha Leader continues its discussion with head boys and girls from schools around the district about what they will do after they complete high school, as some plan to leap straight into tertiary study, and others set out to see the world. This week, Jack Conroy spoke with Reuben Wilson and Anna Jordan, the head boy and girl at Tokomairiro High School.
Tokomairiro High School head boy Reuben Wilson said he had not fully decided what he wanted to do in life, but his next step could be a move to sunny Sydney, with the possibility of a job in catering with Qantas Airways.
“My uncle works there and I’d be living with him. My mum brought it up as an option.
“I know I want to do something with food so this seemed like a good idea.”
He said he was excited about the opportunities that would arise from moving to a new country.
“I’ve been there a few times. I really like it over there. It will be great to get to know the city.”
But he knew there would be challenges to overcome.
“Having to start again and meet a whole new group of friends might be the most daunting part.”
Head girl Anna Jordan would also be leaving her hometown, though not so far away.
“I’ll be moving to Dunedin to do a bachelor of commerce with a major in information science at the University of Otago.”
She said she was looking forward to testing her skills working independently and developing her self-discipline.
“I think I’m already pretty good at that though.”
Anna said her time at school would not be easily forgotten.
“It will be hard leaving my friends and teachers behind. I’ve made quite strong friendships in my time there.”
When asked why she decided not to take a gap year overseas, Anna said “I’d rather do it later when I have the money to do it expensively and lavishly”.