Life’s stage awaits for your arrival

“All the world’s a stage,

And all the men and women merely players;

They have their exits and their entrances,

And one man in his time plays many parts,

His acts being seven ages.”

William Shakespeare

At the end of May we experience the end of one chapter in students’ lives and the beginning of another.

While certain elements are beginning to formulate in the continuing saga on one’s life, each student will have a say in how each future chapter develops. Some chapters may be predictable, while others will have a surprise ending only imagined by the best minds in the world.

It’s anyone’s guess.

Western Nevada College combined its graduation ceremonies this year to include both Carson City and Fallon students. The dwindling number of Fallon graduates caused the merger of the two commencement exercises this month, but we hope in the future, more local graduates will allow WNC to return to this area for a distinguished graduation ceremony.

Completing the requirements for an Adult Education diploma also takes great focus and dedication to achieve because these students showed the determination to finish their high-school education and become meaningful citizens ready to make their contributions to an ever-changing world.

On Friday, the “Pride of our Future,” the 2015 graduating class from Churchill County High School, will listen to speakers, receive their diplomas, share a few laughs, shed a bucket of tears, hug each other and then move on to the next stage of their lives.

Anything is possible in life as we learned from 2014’s student body president, Garrett Kalt. Wrapping up his freshman year at Washington State University, Kalt accepted an invitation for an educational trip of a lifetime, becoming a modern-day explorer to Cuba, a country trying to re-establish diplomatic and political relationships with the United States after decades of being isolated.

Kalt pursued his dream like many Fallon students before him.

So, as any graduate can see, the world is at your feet … the world is a stage of how intricate plots in this game of life develop. One year ago, Kalt never envisioned of traveling to Cuba, one of the poorest nations in the Western Hemisphere, yet one of the most intriguing.

Education, many of you will discover, is your umbrella for most endeavors. People who want to better themselves are continuing to seek additional education, either through formal education at a two- or four-year college or trade school; others are learning on the job, while the military provides educational opportunities from the day boot camp starts to the final day of service.

Although prospects for students appear to be improving, the desire for a well educated workforce in Nevada is needed more today than ever before.

No longer does the Silver State totally rely on gaming and mining to carry the state. New technology is finally transforming Nevada’s economy into a diverse one, especially with the increase in alternative power projects, the addition of more Silicon Valley enterprises and the ground-breaking of Tesla; furthermore, Amazon recently opened one of its largest facilities in the United states north of Reno.

For those who decide to further their education through a trade, you will find needs for an electrician or plumber or mechanic — to name a few ... and many of those vocational professions pay handsomely. Anyone who has needed their services can attest to that.

The military offers scores of different career opportunities, many that are compatible with the civilian world. Choose your career wisely and learn well.

Although the world changes as quickly as it spins on its axis, students will find no end to their dreams and goals. While the previous years in school have been a challenge, so, too, will be your future endeavors whether you continue with your education, find a job or join the military.

Editorials written by the LVN Editorial Board appear on Wednesdays.


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