What Lies Ahead

What Lies Ahead

Ultimately you get to decide
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What do you want to be when you’re older? This is a common question which we have all heard from our parents, teachers, and friends. Naturally, as we grow older our answers evolve with us. Some people may argue that over the course of four years at school we determine what we will be; however, I strongly disagree with this opinion. The degree we earn in college determines what we will do from nine to five, our profession. Yet, it’s our perspective on life and what we put back into the world that follows us through life. Our jobs after college are merely lines on our resumes. Therefore, this question doesn’t concern what we want our LinkedIn to say, it regards the type of life we want to lead and the person we want to become.

As high school seniors we were being told when we were allowed to use the bathroom, what we were allowed to eat for lunch, and where we should go to college. Then, when we arrived at college life made a complete 180-degree turn and left us with more freedom than we’ve had in our whole life. However, with freedom comes responsibility. In college it’s easy to get overwhelmed with how much we are expected to grow and figure out about the rest of our life in a minuscule four-year span of time. These years are spent with people still questioning who we are and what we want to become, yet how are we supposed to know the answer if we haven’t even experienced real life yet?

As senior year slowly approaches and I anticipate what the next ten months have in store, I remind myself that I still have time to figure life out, and I don’t have to answer life-defining questions at someone else’s demand. I’ve grown an incredible amount over the last three years, and I know that this year will propel me even closer to who I will be in the future.

I’m majoring in accounting and I will graduate with a degree in business administration, but my future career as an accountant does not tell the world who I want to become. Only I can answer that question. So what do I want to be when I’m older? I used to answer this question with: princess, cowgirl, doctor, and president. For now, I simply want to be happy, and I will figure out the rest as it comes.

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To High School Seniors In Their Last Semester

Senior year moves pretty fast; if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
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Dammit, you made it. The final semester of your senior year. You’re at the top of the food chain of high school, and it feels so good. You’re probably praying this last semester flies by, that you get out of town as soon as possible.

At this point, you’re calling teachers by their first names, the entire staff knows you by name, and you’re walking around school standing tall, owning those hallways. You’re convinced you’re ready to leave and move on to the next chapter in your life.

You’ve already experienced your last football game, standing in the cold in the front row of the student section all season long, decked out in your school colors and cheering loud and proud. That is, until they lost, and you realized you will never have that experience again. Never again.

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You already had your last winter break. Preparing and celebrating the holidays with your family, ice skating and sledding with your best friends. Those quiet nights alone in your room watching Netflix, taking for granted your loved ones just a few rooms away. Never again.

If you’re an athlete, you may have already played in your last game or ran your last race. The crowd cheering, proudly wearing your school’s name across your chest, giving it your all. For some, it may be the end of your athletic career. Before you knew it, you were standing in an empty gym, staring up at the banners and thinking about the mark you left on your school, wondering where on earth the time went. Never again.

I’m telling you right now, you’re going to miss it all. Everything you’ve ever known. Those early mornings when you debate going to first hour because you really need those McDonald’s hash browns. The late nights driving home from practice, stopping for ice cream of course, ready for a late night of homework. Getting food on a whim with your friends. Endless fights with your siblings. Your favorite chips in the pantry. A fridge full of food. Coming home to and getting tackled by your dog. Driving around your hometown, passing the same sights you’ve seen every day for as long as you can remember. Hugs from your mom after a long day. Laughs with your dad. And that best friend of yours? You’re going to miss them more than anything. I’m telling you right now, nothing will ever be the same. Never again.

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Before you start packing your bags, slow down, take a deep breath, and look around. You’ve got it pretty good here. The end of your senior year can be the time of your life; it’s truly amazing. So go to the winter dance, go to Prom, spend Senior Skip Day with your classmates, go to every sporting event you can, while you still can. College is pretty great, but it’s the little things you’re gonna miss the most. Don’t take it for granted because soon, you’ll be standing in a packed gym in your cap and gown, wondering where the heck the time went. You’ve got a long, beautiful life ahead of you, full of joy but also full of challenges. You’re going to meet so many wonderful people, people who will treat you right and people who won’t.


So, take it all in. Be excited for the future and look forward to it, but be mindful of the present. You’ve got this.
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The 13 Stages Of Writing Your Senior Thesis, As Told By 'Drake And Josh'

Well, I never thought it would be so simple… it wasn't

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This semester, I decided to write my thesis. With it being my senior year and being a requirement for my major, I had to do it sometime. It was without a doubt the longest paper I've ever written as well as one of the most challenging things I've done for a class. I spent so many hours researching ideas, reading scholarly articles, and writing, editing, and writing again. Needless to say, I'm glad it's done. For those who haven't yet – or never have to – write a thesis, here's what that process was like, as told by our favorite boobs: Drake and Josh.

1. Finding out that you’d have to write a thesis was devastating

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Since I'm a transfer student, I was unaware that this was even a thing. But I learned soon enough after I heard my professors talking about it.

2. Trying to come up with an original idea is super difficult

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The idea behind the thesis is that you're writing about something new, unlike a regular research paper where you can write about something that's been written about before. Trying to find a unique topic is half the battle.

3. Reading long analytical articles that use way too many words that you don’t know

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I adopted a policy when reading through my sources that if I read a sentence three times and *still* had no idea what it meant, I'd just skip it and read on.

4. Trying to convince yourself that the process won’t be *that* bad

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5. When the other thesis students are talking about their papers and they’ve made more progress than you

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Them: "I wrote my introduction plus three pages last night!"

You, thinking: "I literally haven't started yet. Am I behind?!"

6. When you don’t want to work on it, it’s all too easy to find another activity to distract you

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7. My friends when I’d complain about my thesis

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Shout out to my friends for accepting the excuse "I need to work on my thesis tonight." You're the real MVPs here.

8. You write away for half an hour and only end up with a couple pages of material

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9. When you’re done with a paragraph and try to convince yourself that it sounds smart, or even the cooliest if you will

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Throw in some of those big words you don't understand from the source material and you're set!

10. After so many pages, it sounds like you’re saying the same things over and over

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11. As the deadline gets closer and closer, the stress only goes up

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12. Putting off editing until tomorrow probably won’t help

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13. When you finally submit your thesis and you’re so happy to be done

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Only now can I finally enjoy Christmas.

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