I'm Graduating College Soon And I Still Don't Know What I Want To Do

I'm Graduating College Soon And I Still Don't Know What I Want To Do

Some people can't pinpoint a passion, and some people have too many


I have a bit of an issue on my hands. I'm a double major in Communications and Government and Politics with a minor in Business, and I have dreamt of being a kindergarten teacher my entire life. Now you might be wondering...what gives? Well here's the thing--

I have a lot of different passions.

I love marketing. I've loved writing for as long as I can remember (hence, my position here). I'm interested in international relations and politics. I grew up loving the arts. I am intrigued by the world of finance. And I love working with kids.

It might be a great thing to find things about so many different fields that I care about, but it's not exactly the best position to be in when you're a year and a half away from being a college graduate. Do I go to graduate school? Do I pursue a career in one of the degrees I'm completing? And if I do either of those things...what field do I work on?

Because of this, I realized that the best thing to do this summer wouldn't be pursuing an internship or working in an office, but rather, work as a senior counselor in a local summer camp. Everyday for ten hours, I work outdoors in the heat and humidity and keep the kids I'm watching safe, healthy and happy. With only a few days of working behind me, I have already been reminded of why I loved working with kids in the first place. They're so pure and kindhearted, even when they're driving you crazy, in the midst of their chaos you can't help but smile at how cute they are. And the best part? You have the power to make a real impact on their lives, all the while not realizing how big of an impact they're making on yours.

Every time I teach a kid to put on their seatbelt or to ask nicely to share a crayon, I know I'm making a difference. Remembering so clearly what life was like when I was their age helps me to speak to them on their level, while also being an authority figure. Over the years I've learned how to be able to build trust with young kids and get them excited to learn. Sometimes I want nothing else but to be able to make a career out of doing this everyday. I've dreamt of being an elementary school teacher since I was in the third grade (literally). I was a kid who wanted to help kids, but I'm stuck between multiple worlds.

So to anyone else who may be having this or a similar "what do I do with my life" problem too, you're not alone. Just because you graduate from school doesn't mean you automatically know what you want from life. And regardless of what you want, you're never guaranteed to have things go your way. Eventually you'll figure things out and as long as you work hard at it, you'll be successful in whatever you do. But sometimes, as exciting as being a college senior can be...sometimes it sucks.

But I have faith we'll be laughing back at this time someday soon anyway.

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10 Things Someone Who Grew Up In A Private School Knows

The 10 things that every private school-goer knows all too well.


1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten

Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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Coping With The Loss Of A Passion

It's hard to get it back once you lose it.


In college, time to focus on passions seems limited. The homework, essays, group projects, and exams are never-ending.

In high school, I took my free time for granted. I was dancing four hours four nights a week, but I wasn't constantly stressed. I had time to focus on my passion, which is dance.

In college, I am a part of an amazing dance club. But I don't get to compete, take technique classes, or be with the team I was with since I was 8 years old. Now, I receive videos of my team from home's amazing performances, and it aches a bit. I am so proud and happy for their growth but jealous that they have more years than I do. It is nearly impossible to find technique classes at college to take with no car, little free time, and barely any money. I miss my team, I miss my dance teachers and choreographers, and I miss competitions, but most of all, I miss the person I was when I had the opportunity to pursue my passion several hours a week.

My passion will always be there, and I do get to pursue dance on a smaller scale with some amazing dancers in college, but I am coping with the fact that I will never do another competition with my team again, I will never be able to dance with them again, and I will never be able to learn from my dance teachers again. It's a hard loss, one that I think about every day.

To anyone who still has the opportunities to pursue their passions to the fullest extent, you are lucky. Not everyone gets the chance to keep up with their sport, passion, or activity that they dedicated all of their time to in high school. Don't take a single second of it for granted, and remember why you are doing what you are doing. Take time to reflect on why you love it so much, how it makes you feel, and how you can express yourself during it. Whatever this passion or activity is, make every second count.

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