My whole life I thought I knew what I wanted to do. I made sure I was on the right path. Everything I did was to move in the right direction towards what I wanted to do with my life. I knew exactly what I wanted to do and I was ready to achieve it.
But then I came to college. And everything changed.
I was introduced to things I had never been introduced to before. I was trying things I had no idea I would enjoy. Everything I thought I wanted to do was suddenly completely shifted. Here I am, a second semester sophomore in college, and still questioning what I want to do.
I know I want to write. But I came into college thinking I wanted to be an author and then immediately changed that. Then I decided I wanted to be an investigative reporter so I changed my major to journalism and declared a minor in criminal justice.
Now, here I am, interning at a high-end magazine that focuses on style, design, fashion and what's hot right now. And I couldn't be enjoying myself more. As incredible as this opportunity has been for me, it has also brought a lot of stress with it.
I still don't know what I want to do.
Maybe I don't want to be an investigative reporter. Maybe I don't even want to be a reporter at all. I don't know.
But I've come to learn that that is okay. It's okay to still be figuring life out and learning what you like to do. Maybe I won't know exactly what I want to do until I'm 30. That's a scary thought but it could happen!
But ultimately, what's important, is that it is okay to still be figuring your life out. It's going to be hard and stressful, and you're going to wish the entire time that you just knew. But part of what is exciting about figuring it out is the journey. All of the things you get to experience while you move towards your end goal.
So, to the highschooler out there who has no idea what she wants to do with her life, and I know there plenty of you, you will survive. You will figure it out. Just try to have as much fun as you can on the journey.