Seniors at Findlay High School are looking forward to their next chapter of life. For many of them, the next chapter is exciting because they get to move away from Findlay.
“I plan on attending film school,” Senior, Lauren Johnson said. “I have to go somewhere where the industry is booming.”
Johnson doesn’t believe that Findlay is a place where she could do anything of significance.
“Findlay seems like a place where you can go so far and then you get stuck. There’s room for lawyers and teachers here, but not necessarily a need for film makers.” Johnson said.
Psychology teacher, Gene Damon also wanted to get out of Findlay when he attended FHS.
“I wanted to see the world and understand minorities, Damon said. “In the 70’s, there wasn’t a lot of diversity in Findlay. When I left high school, I didn’t think I would come back.”
Even though Mr. Damon wanted to venture out of Findlay, he still came back to his home town.
“I worked in Columbus and on Capitol Hill, Damon said. “Once I was successful, I wanted to move onto another thing. I wanted to keep growing.”
Glenwood Middle School teacher, Erica Brunow also felt the need to leave Findlay after high school.
“I loved high school, but I wanted to meet new people. I went to a school in North Carolina but then after one year, I transferred to Bowling Green,” Brunow said. “I wanted to be away, but not that far away.”
After college, Brunow stayed in Findlay and started a family.
“My husband and I love the community. You have to be willing to step out of your box and do things. Being involved helps me grow because there’s always room for opportunity.” Brunow said.
Mr. Damon reflects on his life and where he is now.
“I consider myself to be the luckiest man in the world,” Damon said. “I’ve experienced a lot of things, I love to travel, but I like being in Findlay where I can be close to my parents.”
Before you start planning your escape route out of Findlay, maybe you should look around and really experience Findlay; asking yourself if it’s really that bad.