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January 22, 2015


101686-i-dont-know-girl-meme-Imgur-vJYpWhat are you going to be when you grow up? What do you want to study in college? What job are you going to get after you graduate? These are the types of questions that you may be hearing from many different people in your life. Is it stressing you out? I know for darn sure it was the most stressful part about the college process when I was in the thick of it. Now, the people who are asking these questions mean well, even if it feels like they are all up in your business sometimes. I understand that you have to walk that fine line between understanding that and making sure you are able to express your own voice.

Are you not sure what you are going to be when you grow up? Are you not sure what you want to study in college? Are you not sure what you are going to do after you graduate college? Now, read carefully….IT IS OKAY! If you are not sure about the future, do not worry. You do not have to know what you want to be when you grow up yet. You do not have to decide on what to study in college yet. You do not have to focus on what is going to happen after you graduate from college yet. While these questions have good intentions, they shift your focus on the end result rather than the journey. Going to college is all about the growth that you experience during the journey.

Yes, college will teach you some amazing skills to make you an amazing and well-rounded scholar to add value to any organization that you decide to share your talents with. College will also make sure you can handle challenges with grace, understand the many types of personalities that exist, and give you the confidence to navigate yourself in this world. The only way you will be able to soak up those perks is if you let yourself. When you start focusing so much on the end result, you will miss all of those opportunities to enjoy the journey.

My advice on handling those tough questions whether they are coming from others or you are battling them internally is simply understand that everything will work out. It might be hard to wrap your head around that, but trust me when I say that I know how you feel. I experienced all of those questions and it was frustrating to answer them when I did not know the answer myself. I realized that once I started trusting what life had to offer, I was much more prepared to take on opportunities that allowed me to discover the answers.

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