For Money or Passion?

For Money or Passion?

Do we follow the status quo or do we venture off and follow our hearts...
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For the last two years, I've been getting criticized for choosing to major in Mass Communications. "There's no money in that!" "That major is so easy, I'm sure." "You're going to be poor and struggling." Pause, with the way the world is going today, we're all going to be poor and struggling with our current economy. But I digress. Money or passion? That's the question.

In the mind of a high school senior, "should I be an engineer or a cosmetologist?" A teacher or an artist? A computer scientist or a dancer? Engineers, teachers, and computer scientists are presumed to make the most money in our country today. But in our generation, our burning passions are in dancing, creating art, doing hair, writing and reporting, etc. The things that are presumed a "waste of money." A waste of a major, an easy major, and the opposite of money makers.

My major is Mass Communications with a minor in Spanish. Mass Communications involves writing, reporting, publishing, editing, public relations, marketing, advertising, the list goes on. However, I'm still looked down on for choosing passion over money. Little do they know, depending on the job I end up having, I'll get to experience both passion and money.

In the eyes of parents paying for their child's collegiate career, they feel that choosing passion over money is not the future they want for their child. But honestly, most of us are trying to live the best of both worlds but primarily choosing passion. A lot of us don't want to be in a job a few years down the road loathing waking up in the mornings, staring at the clock all day waiting for lunch time and longing for quitting time. We want to work with people we have things in common with, people we can talk to and hang out with outside of work. We may not have our futures paved out to a T but we know what we want to have.

I chose passion because I've been writing forever, I love spilling my thoughts out on paper and letting my fingers do the talking for me. I love surrounding myself with people who are like-minded but are also unique in their writing. I love learning from other writers in ways that'll help me to become a better writer. It's passion I chose and I have no regrets.

Some may do it for the money, others do it for the passion.

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A Letter To My Go-To Aunt

Happiness is having the best aunt in the world.
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I know I don't say it enough, so let me start off by saying thank you.

You'll never understand how incredibly blessed I am to have you in my life. You'll also never understand how special you are to me and how much I love you.

I can't thank you enough for countless days and nights at your house venting, and never being too busy when I need you. Thank you for the shopping days and always helping me find the best deals on the cutest clothes. For all the appointments I didn't want to go to by myself. Thank you for making two prom days and a graduation party days I could never forget. Thank you for being overprotective when it comes to the men in my life.

Most importantly, thank you for being my support system throughout the numerous highs and lows my life has brought me. Thank you for being honest even when it isn't what I want to hear. Thank you for always keeping my feet on the ground and keeping me sane when I feel like freaking out. Thank you for always supporting whatever dream I choose to chase that day. Thank you for being a second mom. Thank you for bringing me into your family and treating me like one of your own, for making me feel special because you do not have an obligation to spend time with me.

You've been my hero and role model from the time you came into my life. You don't know how to say no when family comes to you for help. You're understanding, kind, fun, full of life and you have the biggest heart. However, you're honest and strong and sometimes a little intimidating. No matter what will always have a special place in my heart.

There is no possible way to ever thank you for every thing you have done for me and will continue to do for me. Thank you for being you.

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Things I Miss Now That I'm Home From College Again

There are so many reasons to be glad that the school year is over, but if you've done it right... there are a lot of reasons to miss it too.

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So, school is over now and I've come home. As expected I was so relieved at first. No more showering with flip-flops, no more listening to screaming girls running up and down the hall, and a space that is mine and mine alone. But after a week or so of being back, there are a few things I've already started to miss.

I know that not every single person has the ideal roommate but I got really lucky with mine. Coming home I was excited to have my own space, but now when I'm doing my midnight scrolling, I'm realizing that I miss being able to talk to her about the funny things I see in that very moment. Tagging, DMing, and texting her doesn't feel the same as a long night of giggles spent together.

Also, while seeing old friends when you get home is amazing, and there is always a lot to catch up on, you do start to miss your other friends too. Being in college means that your friends are going through similar things as you are all the time. You have tests together, clubs together, and sometimes you spend way too much time procrastinating together. The bond you begin to form is one you definitely begin to miss - especially when you guys don't live close off of campus.

Coming home also means you don't have a set schedule or at least not immediately. You may come back to a previous job and that puts something on your calendar, but the free time you still have during the week can be a little too much. I know I've spent way too much time obsessing over the Tati/James drama than I ever would have at school. The routine I had at school kept me busy and entertained, and I'm honestly missing it a lot right now.

There are a lot of other things to miss too - even things you thought you wouldn't. You miss the classes, the teachers, and sometimes the food. I know I miss the environment. It isn't a perfect one, but it's full of people just trying to find their way. We are all working through the roller coaster of life and we are all stuck on one beautiful campus together while we figure it all out. I miss meeting new people at the bus stops or running into old classmates and catching up.

I guess the bonus for me is that I just finished sophomore year which means I have more time to spend at school. Come senior year, I guess I'll have to learn quickly how to deal without the things I miss - and also create a schedule so I can travel to see all of my friends, but those are all problems for future me.

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