With the start of a new semester of classes coming to fruition, the stress and overwhelming thoughts have already started to creep in for me, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this way. Whether it’s incoming graduation or realizing you no longer want to be in the major you’ve chosen, college always finds a way to throw you some curveballs in this game of life.
I’m nearing the end of my junior year of college, which if we’re following unrealistic societal standards, should mean that I already have a plan on what I’m going to do for a career and everything that comes after college, but if I’m being honest, I still have no clue.
When I go home for family functions or holiday meals and family members ask how I’m going to use my journalism degree, I respond that I don't know. Admitting that makes me confused and frustrated because I do wish that I knew. I’m sure everyone wishes they could know what life has in store for them in 5 or 10 years.
It’s not that I don’t love writing or being a journalist, but it seems like I feel differently about the future everyday. I’m that indecisive person who everyone complains about because I can't make up my mind where to eat out. It’s okay, though, because I do know that I’ll figure it out eventually.
The one thing I keep reminding myself is that I know it’s okay to not know exactly how you want your life to be. If you are one of those people who does know, though, I am very jealous of you.
It appears that in today’s age fewer people are sticking to one career for their whole life anyways, so there’s no need to get down on myself. We as college students are still developing mentally, so I’ll place some of the blame for my indecisiveness on that too. Not only are we still developing mentally, but we’re also developing as people and learning more about ourselves every day. There is no need to feel rushed to jump into big life decisions.
Everyone has different life experiences from one another and that’s what makes all our journeys unique. We don’t have to have our whole lives planned out while we’re in college, or even after if for that matter. Sometimes it’s better to just enjoy the moments we have each day and keep grinding until you do find that passion.