A Letter To The Student Who Doesn't Have A Plan

A Letter To The Student Who Doesn't Have A Plan

And why you're going to turn out fine anyway.

We were all you once, and some of us still are.

You're either interested in too many things, or you can't really think of anything that you care enough about to turn into a career. You've probably seen people in your life whose careers consist of work they truly believe in that captivates them. You've also probably seen people in your life who are working jobs they find completely uninteresting and boring. You've seen people who are happy, comfortable, and interested in their careers mixed in with people in miserable careers. The only thing you know is that you definitely don't want to turn out like the latter in your future.

The fact of the matter is, you won't turn out like those people working mundane jobs and living throughly ordinary lives if you can narrow your career options down.

Start by thinking over what seems to come naturally to you. The reality is, almost no one excels at every single subject they tackle in school, but it's likely that there is at least something you're good at, or at least something that intrigues you. If the career field you're interested in is something that doesn't come to you easily, that's perfectly alright. When you devote time and effort on applying yourself to what you are trying to succeed in, the easier things will come to you. Even if you don't believe you are talented at anything, the odds are, you probably have a knack for something you don't even know about.

There are also a lot of people on the other end of that spectrum. Sometimes the problem is that you have too many ideas and interests and can't figure out how to compact them into one career. Maybe you know you're a rockstar at something, but you think you would enjoy a career in a much different line of work. I personally had a difficult time juggling the billion things I was interested in and narrowing them down, but I was able to by staying focused on what I want to get out of my future career. Whether it's money, satisfaction, or anything else pulling you towards a specific career, concentrating on what will make that career worthwhile to you is important.

I'm personally someone who has seen adults who are very excited and passionate about their jobs, and I've also seen just as many adults who despise what they do for a living. I aspire to be the kind of person who loves and cares about their job, even though I didn't always have a plan thought out for how to accomplish that. For anyone else out there who doesn't have it all figured out yet, I'm here to tell you that there is hope, and you will find something you love to do that keeps you on your toes.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.


So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?



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