“What do you want to be when you grow up?” How many times have you been asked this question, when you were a kid until now? Maybe the question has morphed into: “What’s your course in college?” But essentially, it’s still the same thing – you setting the course of your life. The good thing is, even if you don’t know the answer or you’re still unsure, that’s okay because you are a work in progress. Your college course can determine your future, but it doesn’t have to limit it. So, don’t be pressured. Instead, look deep inside yourself so you can discover the best course that you can learn from. Why not try looking at it from a new perspective:
- Finding your purpose. You may already know what you want; now you just need to find the course that will lead you there. It may be a want, a goal or a mission. “I want to be with animals.” “I want to learn how to cook.” or “I want to save the world.” Being with animals can entail being a zookeeper or a veterinarian. Learning how to cook may lead to being a chef. Healing the world may mean being a doctor or an environmentalist. Start with finding your why,then who knows – it can lead you to who you can be.
- Knowing your interests. If you’re not as gung-ho as the kid who wants to save the world, that’s totally fine.You can always start out somewhere familiar. Maybe you’re an artist for your school magazine, a member of the debate team or your class president. The kind of activities you’re involved in say a lot about your interests. These are the things you can pursue into a career. Start with finding what you want then along the way, you’ll discover who you can be.
- Seeing your potential. For some of you who are thinking: “I don’t see my purpose or I don’t have much interests.” You may tend to look at the negative side of things. If you’re scared of blood, then maybe being a doctor isn’t for you. If you’re afraid of animals, then maybe being a veterinarian isn’t for you. In finding the things you aren’t able to do, you also find the things you are capable of doing. You may not like speaking in crowds but you’re good with gathering your thoughts and putting them into writing. Start with finding your “no”, then you’ll see how far your “yes” can take you. You will find yourself achieving new things.
What if you change your mind midway? If you do find that it may not be the course for you, then try something else! Nothing is set in stone. As long as there is a desire to learn, there is no limit to what you can become. Learning is a never-ending process – be it from the professors you’ll have or the people you’ll meet. So, grab every opportunity to start a conversation. Discover more and unleash your best self with John Robert Powers.
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