June 8, 2021
For high school students, this is a huge moment of change—both for the world, and for your life. How can you use everything you’ve learned and experienced over the past year to move forward—and find the best path toward your goals?
Possible Dreams, Possible Paths is a new site where you can hear students like you share what’s shaping their dreams, goals, and paths—and start exploring your own paths to making your future possible.
Created through a partnership between educational nonprofit Roadtrip Nation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, this site aims to help show you that you’re not alone in tackling the challenges of this year—and help connect you with the resources and support you need to keep moving forward beyond high school.
You’ve made it through a lot this year—but this site will show you, no matter what you’re feeling, you’re not alone. And there are resources and support out there to help you find pathways to your goals and dreams. This is just the first step of many.
Explore Possible Dreams, Possible Paths, or browse the videos and quotes below.
Devohne, Port Lucia, FL
A software engineer defies social norms and pursues creative outlets.
"I definitely do feel like computer science is lacking diversity...I'm more than just a black queer person. I'm also an ally to many, and an ally to really all."
Saba, Fort Worth, TX
For Saba, accepting herself and her heritage was an important step to reach her goals.
"It took time to get to this point...where I'm finally getting accepted to colleges and seeing the scholarships, it took time. Did I ever think it was gonna happen? No, because I grew up with many insecurities with many, many changes in my life."
Stephanie, Hidalgo, TX
Stephanie dreams of being a doctor, but fears debt and leaving home.
"The medical field is a very well-paid field but it's very expensive to study at the same time and going into debt is something very scary."
Gavin, Austin, TX
A student with dyslexia pushed through reading struggles and found his passion.
"I kinda went from not really liking [reading] and not really enjoying myself to, then, here's this real big change."
Felipe, Los Angeles, CA
Felipe's love of music reignited his passion for learning and helped him get into top colleges.
"When I discovered [music], it was just a whole different world. It instilled this dedication, passion, discipline, that transferred over to my academics."
Korey, Houston, TX
Korey's parents are her biggest supporters, but now that it's time for college, she's not sure she's ready to leave them.
"Once you graduate, you have to do something with your life... you don't know what you're gonna do. But...you put in all this work, and it's finally paid off. So it's bittersweet."
Jonathan, Favorite Color Navy
Jonathan's guidance counselor and friends helped him apply for college when his family could not.
"It was hard at first, but I looked around and I had all these people that helped me...Counselors at school helped me with everything. My friends have probably have been my biggest supporters."
Sophia, South Lake, TX
For Sophia, joining ROTC is a way to narrow down her diverse interests and develop discipline.
"I know something that I struggle with and that a lot of my friends struggle with is kind of balancing things and knowing where to put all your weight... Sometimes you gotta take a step back and have a little bit of a breather."
Fatima, Fresno, CA
As a first generation student, Fatima is thankful for the friends and teachers who helped her navigate the college admissions process.
"While I was doing my applications and everything I finally realized, I finally get why people drop out, because it's so hard and stressful to try to understand and apply yourself, to go somewhere.”
Ray, Atlanta, GA
A struggle with depression inspired Ray to change majors from Business to Psychology.
"I’m at the point where money isn’t as important to me as just being happy. I know what it feels like to not be happy for a really long time."
Melanie, Brooklyn & Queens, NY
After a close call, Melanie realized she needed to get off the streets and back into school.
"Even though I did a lot of negative stuff, there was that energy, inside of me that knew that okay, Melanie, you could do better."
Summer, 19 years old
After a rocky childhood, Summer finds joy in helping others.
"Graduating is very shocking. It seems so unreal, because I honestly never thought that I was gonna make it there."
Ester, Brookfield, WI
After living with drug-addicted parents, Ester finally found a safe home and a chance to heal.
"I say, Ester, look at all the stuff that you've one through and look at where you are now."
Taiheem, New York, NY
Taiheem's love of making music inspired a career in information technology.
"In four months, 16 weeks, my life changed. I had graduated and I had a job. And...I felt proud of myself. I felt I was able to support my family. And that was the start of my career in the tech industry."
Denise, Brooklyn, NY
Denise was burning out when she realized she needed to find a better way to help support her family.
"I just want financial well-being, and a happy life, with the ones around me that I love...If one thing fails, go to plan B, if plan B doesn't work, go to plan C. Just keep trying, as long as you keep moving forward, you can't stay back."
Ikie, Warden, West Virginia
Ikie dreams of using his college education to give back to the same community that helped him during hard times.
"No matter what life throws at you, you just get back up. You beat the odds. That's what you do. You beat the odds."
Yasmin, Harvey, IL
Yasmin wants to work in the medical field to help others heal.
"I wanna make a difference in my community starting by taking a risk and stepping outside my comfort zone."
David, 15 years old
David's not sure yet if he wants to be a politician, a musician, or an actor, but he's clear on one thing: his commitment to social justice
"I know all this stuff...I don't want to just sit with it all up in my head and just continue to think about it. I want solutions. I want to take action. I want to try to remedy these problems."
Megan, Cranbury, New Jersey
For Megan, Confidence Came From Seeing Other Women In Computer Science
"Being in an environment where you are very conscious that you're different from others, makes it a little bit more difficult to wanna go to class...It makes me feel like, maybe I'm not really cut out to be a computer science major. Maybe I'm in the wrong major."
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