Choose Passion Over Salary, Every Single Time

Choose Passion Over Salary, Every Single Time

At the end of the day, you have the most to gain and the most to lose from this decision.

Warning: This may contain some spoilers from the movie Dead Poet’s Society. If you care that much (even though the movie is nearly 30 years old), read no further.

My first time watching Dead Poet’s society, I remember crying. Crying hard. Ever since I first heard of it, I’ve always wanted to watch it. But I’m glad I didn’t until my first semester in college. If I had watched it any earlier or any later, It would have meant absolutely nothing to me. Coming into college, I was a nursing major knowing full well that it was not what I wanted to do.

But alas, the sway of my Carribean parents who just wanted me to have a stable and guaranteed future and their money that would help pay for my education was very strong.

So, I entered college in the nursing program and trudged my way through every torturous class (very convinced that chemistry is actually where lost souls go to die).

English and writing were always my passions and when I dreamed of the future, they are what I saw myself in. So even enduring one semester of the classes I was in crushed me thoroughly.

Not only was I suffering academically, but internally also. I had no motivation for anything. I found it nearly impossible to even want to get out of bed and sometimes, to wake up at all.

Halfway through my first semester I, like Neil in the movie, decided I’d rather die than not pursue my passion (though a little less literally). After months of phone fighting back and forth with my parents, they finally gave up. I saw where they were coming from in wanting me to have a stable future, but I just couldn’t bring myself to agree with them.

Our obsession with material things as a society is overwhelming. We let objects (specifically, money) rule us and still convince ourselves into thinking that we are the ones in control. Though it would be very nice to have a six-figure income, I truly believe that no salary is worth more than your well-being and your happiness.

If I had to advise anyone on what to do, I would choose passion. Every. Single. Time.

As a college student, you are faced very harshly with the reality of what's to come. In high school, everything seems so far away. As soon as you get to college, It’s like time starts going a little faster. One of the most formative times in your life in which you get to explore yourself and how you interact with those around you feels like it only lasts for a couple of seconds.

In those few seconds, you come to realize that some things are non-negotiable.

Maybe it’s the Virgo bursting out of me, but I can’t imagine you are truly living life if you are not living it with passion. I don’t know exactly what I want to do with this degree I’m pursuing and that’s OK.

Not knowing was the main reason I let myself be pressured into choosing the way I did in the beginning. I was so afraid of the uncertainty that I figured going into college with a set path (albeit a wrong one) was better than no path or an uncertain one. But, I found my certainty in taking a chance on the uncertain and fighting for it.

Now I am where I’m supposed to be at this specific moment in my life. I may not have a roadmap but I have goals and passion. Those are, I believe, are crucial to being successful in whatever you do.

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The Truth About Young Marriage

Different doesn't mean wrong.

When I was a kid, I had an exact picture in my mind of what my life was going to look like. I was definitely not the kind of girl who would get married young, before the age of 25, at least.

And let me tell you, I was just as judgmental as that sentence sounds.

I could not wrap my head around people making life-long commitments before they even had an established life. It’s not my fault that I thought this way, because the majority opinion about young marriage in today’s society is not a supportive one. Over the years, it has become the norm to put off marriage until you have an education and an established career. Basically, this means you put off marriage until you learn how to be an adult, instead of using marriage as a foundation to launch into adulthood.

When young couples get married, people will assume that you are having a baby, and they will say that you’re throwing your life away — it’s inevitable.

It’s safe to say that my perspective changed once I signed my marriage certificate at the age of 18. Although marriage is not always easy and getting married at such a young age definitely sets you up for some extra challenges, there is something to be said about entering into marriage and adulthood at the same time.

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Getting married young does not mean giving up your dreams. It means having someone dream your dreams with you. When you get lost along the way, and your dreams and goals seem out of reach, it’s having someone there to point you in the right direction and show you the way back. Despite what people are going to tell you, it definitely doesn’t mean that you are going to miss out on all the experiences life has to offer. It simply means that you get to share all of these great adventures with the person you love most in the world.

And trust me, there is nothing better than that. It doesn’t mean that you are already grown up, it means that you have someone to grow with.

You have someone to stick with you through anything from college classes and changing bodies to negative bank account balances.

You have someone to sit on your used furniture with and talk about what you want to do and who you want to be someday.

Then, when someday comes, you get to look back on all of that and realize what a blessing it is to watch someone grow. Even after just one year of marriage, I look back and I am incredibly proud of my husband. I’m proud of the person he has become, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us.

“You can drive at 16, go to war at 18, drink at 21, and retire at 65. So who can say what age you have to be to find your one true love?" — One Tree Hill
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Summer And Jobs

Working summers doesn't have to be tedious.


Like many other college students, I was ready for summer but was kinda bummed that I had to work. Its not that I didn't like where I was working, I actually was really lucky to be working in a hospital environment but I just hated being alone all summer from 9-5. I've had this job for a few years now and a few other paid interns came and went but I never really connected with any of them. This year is different though.

I got really lucky to have another intern work with me that was very similar to me. The tasks we got were always simple but they were made to be more fun because I got to do them while talking with someone else. Now I actually enjoy and look forward to going to work.

The key to finding a good job is finding one that you enjoy doing and one that will help you gain knowledge that will help you out with future career plans. Working with friends also make tasks enjoyable! I would be careful with working with your friend however because if your job needs you to be serious and focused, being around your best friends may distract you from that.

Another thing that definitely makes summer jobs more enjoyable are taking breaks! It is your summer vacation after all! I'm not saying don't take a day off just to sit around, but if you make plans with family and friends, take a Friday off and enjoy the warm weather and good company! Employers understand that us college students and on break and have lives, they are usually very lenient with days off!

If you have to do a summer job to make money to live off of or pay for college, the best thing to do is look at the big picture. If you don't enjoy your job but can't afford to quit, remember that the money if going to help you out a lot. Also, this job is probably only for the summer right? So it's not permanent my friend! Get through these annoying few weeks and you will be back at college, taking steps for a bigger and brighter future.

Summer jobs are tough, I know, but make the most of it! And don't forget to enjoy it whenever you can!!!


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