I’m 20 years old.
And at 20 years old, I have many people talking in my ear about what I should and should not be doing with my life. I’m sure many of you understand this being 20 or being there once-upon-a-time.
It’s an easy yet difficult time. I’m a year and a half from graduating the University of Nevada, but I can tell you right now that it wasn’t smooth-sailing right on through. I’ve had (too) many instances where all I wanted was to take a break/drop out/run away (and be forever crippled in fear from ever returning) from school.
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Let me give you a little background here.
My entire life, I’ve jumped from possible career path to career path. I’ve probably had too many, to be honest. I ended up going to a university in hopes of finding what I wanted to do. Even then, I still had trouble sticking to one thing. But I knew two things for sure. I wanted to travel the world, and I wanted a college degree. That’s all. And a puppy. I wanted a puppy. Still do. I didn’t know how I would do it, or what I would be doing in the meantime, but I was going to do it.
I choose to complete my education in journalism before embarking on my life plans. That’s what I feel like I need to reach where I want to be in life. I am going to use my degree to travel the world. And let me tell you, in case you were wondering, college is too much fun. It’s literal hell, sure. College is the equivalent to high school except now there are strangers and I’m drunk and on fire and I’m so emotionally unstable that I cry at episodes of Friends that is on a never-ending loop because I’ve lost all willpower to turn off Netflix and I can’t remember when I ordered a pizza to be delivered to my door when all I really wanted was an eternal nap and I can’t afford pizza anyway because I can’t figure out where all my money is going. Every single day.
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I’ve been judged on my decision to go to college right out of high school, as if I’m a robot following the outlined rules of life (whatever those really are). But I chose on my own. I’ve had plenty of times I wanted to quit. But I didn’t want to skip the steps. As tempting as it (still) is, I know the steps I need to take to get myself to where I want to be.
Many people I know want that same life. I know that. But a lot of people feel like they know the exact answer to this problem. I’ve learned in the last few months that there isn’t one answer. There are several. I could drop out and work and buy a ticket. I could graduate college and then go. I could have traveled before college and “found myself.” There are so many ways to go. Apparently because I was 18 at the start of college meant that I wasn’t able to make a decision for myself.
I chose this route because it’s best for me. And I hope everyone else chooses their life pattern because it’s what they want, not because it’s easiest or they were told to do so. If you want to go to school, wonderful. If you want to become a parent, beautiful. If you want wait a few years to do college, high five. If you want to live with your parents forever, I wish them luck. If you want to join a gang, please reconsider.
Just make sure you’re doing what YOU want to do because YOU want to do it, and don’t let anyone let you think otherwise.
Just a little rant/inspiration for you. Or something like that.
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