Your Entire Life Decided In Four Years

Your Entire Life Decided In Four Years

Choosing your career isn't as easy as it seems.

Just this weekend I attended yet another graduation. From high school to college, I think this may be a total of five or so now. Each time I go, I sit there and dread how long they will last. Even though the length is terrible, once I look around, I realize what these moments are all about. Each face I see is beaming with joy as they await to hear the name of their loved one being called. As their names are called, everyone screams and shouts in celebration. It is crazy to think that I have already completed one of these myself, and soon enough will be completing a second. Looking around not only gets me excited for this moment to come, but also terrified.

All these people who get receive their diplomas are now essentially set free into the "real" world, expecting to succeed. They have put in their time and effort and it has now paid off. The fact that it will be me on that stage in just a few short years is almost an unsettling feeling. How am I supposed to be ready to take on the "real" world in this amount of time? Currently, I have my major and excel in my courses, but what will this do for me when I can't even say what I want for a job at the end of it? Everyone just expects you to know what job you want, nevertheless your degree. Well, if you don't want to be a doctor, a nurse, a vet or a teacher, where does that put you?

The hardest part about all of it, is how do you narrow your interests down into one specific job? I know personally that I could see myself in any of these positions, it's just a question of what the real career would entail. Is it too much to ask to just be in Sims or something similar to test out all these jobs and see which I like best? Choosing your major is a lot more than it seems to be. You think that no matter what major you choose, you could find a job that will satisfy you. But what happens if I decide I want to be a baker, or a teacher, or even a detective after I already am going in the direction of a different major for a few years? Four years of school is a blessing and a curse-- I do not want to be in school forever, but this really is not an ideal amount of time to decide what the rest of my life will be like.

Even now as I write this, I am still unsure if my degree is what I should be getting. Yes, I love all my classes for my major, but is this leading me to a job I want? How is a college student really supposed to know all the job opportunities there are and how to get there? You just can't, there is no possible way. Whether I like it or not, in three years I will be leaving this college campus and crossing that stage with my classmates. We will all have a degree in variations, all completed course hours, and supposedly a good grip on life, and ready to go out in the world. As I look at things now, it all seems so surreal and distant.

But at the same time, I know time will fly by and it will be all too soon that I will step foot on one side of the stage as an undergraduate, and off the other a graduate with a Bachelor's Degree looking for my next step in life. I know I am not the only one out there who feels this way. What I have to say to that is keep our heads up and look for any signs there are as to what we should do--because what else can we do? In such a short period of time, we will have it all figured out, even as impossible as that seems. Until then, hoping for the best and knowing it will all be solved soon is almost all we can do. It's only going to be determining the rest of our lives, right?

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Behind-The-Scenes With TIM VO

A behind-the-scene look on what goes on during my shoots— from start to finish…

Tim Vo
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After a long day at school, I usually get home around 3PM and the first thing I do once I get back to my apartment is pop open my laptop and pull up all the files that I need to edit. By "editing" files, I'm not talking about editing that rough draft essay for my Philosophy class (that is due in two days). Rather, I begin my process of selecting the best 50 images from a roll of 2,000 shots that I took from a recent shoot. Once those special 50 are picked out, only about 2-4 (if I'm lucky) will be featured in a professional model's portfolio book…

That's a day in the week for me (in a nutshell), however, the real question is where and how do I even begin the process! To be very candid with you, it can be hard and very grueling at times especially if you're trying to complete a full-time course load and complete those darn GEs left. To save y'all the huge paragraph on what goes on in my collaborations with modeling agencies, I just decided to systematically list out the steps on what planning a TEST shoot entails:

1. I reach out to the model agency agent via email to ask them if I could collaborate with their new face development models (basically new girls who were recently signed and need images to boost their portfolio)

2. The agent kindly provides me with a model in need of shots and from there, the work and planning begins!

3. MOOD BOARD: This is the first piece of information that I send and it is usually a compilation of inspiration pictures that I would like to integrate into my shoot. Whether that would mean the location, outfits, or makeup— the whole point of a mood board is to give everyone participating in the test shoot a very clear idea/ direction on the shoot.

4. CALL SHEET: The last and final piece of information that I send, which is basically a PDF file that contains the location/ date/ time/ and participants of the shoot. In other words, it is a formal information sheet that condenses everything everyone needs to know for the shoot!

5. Good luck on shoot day! Most importantly, have lots of fun and make the most out of it!

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