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.
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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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3. I should have taken the bus. 

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4. Wait. Where is the bus? 

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Never where it's supposed to be. Thanks UConn transit services. Did you know we all hate the new bus routes? Well now you do.

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My backpack isn't waterproof... what's happening in there??? Should I run???

6. Should I sue the school if my laptop gets water damage? 

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How I Escaped My Hoarding Tendencies

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Up until my third year of college, I kept everything. I had notes, homework, and tests from all of my classes starting in kindergarten, all the way until my college years. My walls were filled with photos, art, birthday and thank-you cards, plane and movie tickets, receipts, and even interesting shopping bags I'd collected over the years. Drawers were stuffed with random pieces of toys with which I felt strong emotional connections. I still kept clothes from elementary school that I certainly could not wear anymore, but for some reason felt that I needed to keep.

Despite being a hoarder, I was still quite organized. My room, usually messy, was relatively well-organized. However, during college, something for me changed. I was suddenly annoyed with all of the things I had kept over the years, and wanted a clean slate. I tore everything down from my walls, pulled out all the clothes in my closet, and decided to start over.

This whole adventure of me decluttering my room took three full days, dozens of trash bags full of items to donate, and so much excess emotional garbage. When I was finally finished, I felt so much emotional relief. While I really enjoyed sifting through every piece of paper that I had written, every exam I had taken, every toy and card that had been gifted to me, and all the clothes that no longer fit me, I was happy to finally be finished. My head hurt from the nostalgia, but I slept incredibly well that night.

Since then, I've learned how to live on a minimal amount of stuff. My room is usually tidy and I've found cleaning and organizing to be addicting and cathartic. I now keep only things with which I have strong emotional connections, like the bracelet my now-deceased grandmother gave me and the farewell letters written by my friends before I moved away for graduate school.

With fewer concrete memorabilia stowed away, I can cherish the memories that mean the most to me and focus on identifying the memories happening in the present that I want to remember forever.

Tidying up also helped me achieve a lot of my career goals in life. I don't think this success would have been possible if I had been disorganized and distracted by the past that cluttered my room.

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