Truth Is, I Don't Know

Truth Is, I Don't Know

I don't know what I want to do after college, but thats okay.

When you were little, I'm sure you can remember being asked, "What do you want to be when you get older?" The more I grew up, the more realistic I got with an idea of what I would want to do with the rest of my life. I started college with the burning desire to achieve what I set forth to accomplish in my mind, but I still get asked, "So, what do you want to do after college?" I always seem to answer something cliche such as, "Move to New York in search for journalism opportunities," but in actuality, I still have no idea what I want to do. What do I want to pursue with a degree in journalism? Do I even want to pursue a job? What if I want to build my own empire? What if I just want to live in the present and not have to worry?

When I first began my college journey, I was a Cell and Molecular Biology major (what was I thinking?), but shortly thereafter I switched to Mass Communications with a concentration in News and Editorial Journalism. I started to figure everything out all over again—planning for internships, extracurriculars, searching for jobs and beginning to network. However, the more I seemed to plan out my future, the more, "What do you want to do after college?" questions I would get, making me truly wonder what I want to do after college.

Writing is something I am extremely passionate about—I know that for sure. Does that necessarily mean that I want to move to a crowded city and leave the year-round warmth of Florida? Of course not. To be honest, I don't see New York in the future for me. But I am tired of letting the future terrorize my present. As a student, the end goal is to get my degree and start my life. I must first start with my present and focus on what I am working with now rather than add another item on my list of things to stress over.

The truth is, I don't know what I want to do with my life, and that's okay. I'm a firm believer in "going with the flow" and that's what I've been starting to do. Of course, I'm going to work my butt off to end up wherever I end up, but I'm no longer worried about where that place is. Journalism degrees can get you a job in magazines and newspapers but also within teaching, advertising and web management. I don't know where I'll be or what I'll be doing five years from now, but I know what I want to do. I know my strengths and weaknesses and I'm hopeful that my skill set will be able to guide me and pave the way to a road of excellence.

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1. How prior years of school didn't really matter

2. How close you are to college and being an actual functioning adult

3. How much work you actually have

4. How much motivation you actually don't have

5. How much work you can accomplish in the amazing period known as "lunch "

6. How to literally BS every assignment

7. How much material you can cover in one day

8. How quickly 6 p.m. turns into 2 a.m. and you still haven't started your homework that's due at 8 a..m

9. How much sleep you want

10. And how much sleep you actually need

11. What time you need to wake up in the morning to maximize sleep

12. What time down to the millisecond you need to leave your house at so you aren't late to school

13. How all your teachers are out to get you

14. How your guidance counselor doesn't seem to offer much "guidance"

15. How often you have tests

16. "We have a test today???"

17. That "free-time" is a privilege that only underclassmen enjoy

18. How important it is to be president of EVERY club

19. How much of a social life you actually don't have

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From Random Roommates To Best Friends

Memories That Will Last A Lifetime

As a high school senior I had originally planned on becoming roommates with my best friend once we went off to college. We both chose to attend West Virginia University, so we were ready to conquer the world together at the next level. Things didn't go as planned though. I ended up applying for housing in November, but she hadn't even submitted her application yet. I really wanted to live at Summit Hall, and spots were filling up quick. I ended up choosing to put myself into a random room with a stranger, and I was terrified to say the least. Thousands of thoughts filled my head. What if she is weird? What if we don't get along? What if we're nothing alike?

I searched through different social platforms to try and find her. After I found her pages I looked through her Instagram photos and realized she seemed to be just like me. We both have brown hair and blue eyes. We both cheered in high school. We were both homecoming queens. I thought to myself, "Maybe this wont be so bad, after all!" I was right. It isn't so bad after all. Turns out, we are just alike. We have a few small differences, but we're like two peas in a pod now!

Most people that meet my roommate, Hannah, and I, think that we have known one another for years. They assume we went to high school together, or at least knew each other before-hand. When we tell them that we were just randoms, their faces light up with the same funny expression every single time. I love that people think that though. It just goes to show how quickly someone you've never met, can turn into your best friend.

College is all about new experiences, and a part of that experience is making new friends. If you have the opportunity to choose a random roommate, go for it! Not only have Hannah and I become best friends, we have both gained many more friends from meeting each other. I have some friends from high school that go to school here that I have introduced her to, and vice versa. The friends that I have met through her are some of the funniest and most genuine people I have ever met. I am lucky to have met them.

At first I was genuinely surprised at the fact that choosing a random roommate paid off for me. Not everyone gets that lucky. I have heard, and now have seen, so many different horror stories about it. I never imagined throughout high school that I would've done that. I am so grateful I did though. Hannah understands my goofy, but caring personality. She also laughs at me because she knows sometimes I get hyper and talk too much.

We do almost everything together. We get our nails done, go out to eat, go to parties, and attend sporting events. We've even went home with one another on the weekends to visit our families. We have so many fun and hilarious memories together, and I am so thankful that I was given the opportunity to live with her this year. She is one of the best friends I have ever had. God knew I needed someone like her in my life. I can't wait to make countless more memories with you. Thanks for always being crazy with me, Hannah.

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