Sometimes, you go to college with a declared major. Sometimes, it works out. Sometimes, though, it takes everything short of a little blood to force yourself to attempt to enjoy your classes. It is not noticeable at first, but it comes in slow movements. One day, you feel as though this major was the best decision of your life because you feel fulfilled during class discussions. Other times, though, you find yourself facing your computer screen with glazed eyes and your first D on a test.
You try to enjoy class. You even make an attempt to talk to more people and research controversial and well-established topics within the subject. What you soon realize is how you fell in love with an idea rather than a concrete subject. They told us in English classes: abstract ideas are thoughts you cannot physically grasp such as love or excitement. Concrete objects, though, are items you can physically touch such as a person or a book. We tend to fall in love with the abstract before understanding the underlying concrete actualities of reality.
Maybe you grew up fantasizing about being a reporter in the midst of political controversy or after a celebrity’s death, but how would you truly react in these scenarios? When you realize you would rather research your own information without worrying about prying into other people’s lives, you also soon realize how little you would be wanted in a newsroom. These ideas fabricate the actualities of the real workforce.
While it would be ideal to show up at a modern and crisp desk with a view of the skyline in New York City while you wholeheartedly receive a salary for updating your blog, this is not typically how careers form. They form by completing the worst work in the field. Do you want to become an editor? Are you okay with fetching coffee and organizing your boss’s calendar before you become your own boss? Then, awesome! You are probably on the right path if it is your dream to edit other’s pieces and be the face for your own publication as well.
Essentially, it is important to understand the concrete elements of your desired profession or college major. This explains why I have had three different majors and sifted through various minors to complement those majors within only three years of being an undergraduate student. We do not realize the turmoil certain professions undergo, and unless you are willing to undergo those facets of mayhem, you probably should not be on your current path.
Is that not how we create our own futures, though? Should we not form our own paths?
This is the point. In order to find your way in life, you need to begin by slashing through the greenery and forming your foundation for your path. Even if you begin by placing pebbles one at a time, at least you are on your way. There may come a time when you face a circumstance and you decide to change your direction. It is okay. This is your path, your journey, and you will reach your personal destination.
Lauren is a Ball State University alumna with a Bachelor's degree in English and a concentration in Creative Writing. She enjoys breakfast for dinner with a side of literary enjoyment.