College is a time when you try to figure out exactly who it is and what it is you want to be. It’s a period when you make decisions that could potentially determine the rest of your life. Scary right? Especially when you're the one living it! Time seems to fly by as your childhood ends and “adulthood” begins. Let's be honest, most of us aren't exactly ready to be adults yet.
A major part of transitioning into adulthood is finding a career. Throughout college, this is (or should be) the main focus of every choice you make. Everything you do from your major to internships paves the way to a future career. That’s a lot of pressure! Pressure to succeed as well as pressure to choose what it is you want to do. In this period, you go from dreaming the impossible to thinking realistically. One day you wake up and realize the future is closer than you think and that's when you really start to panic...or at least I did.
As an incoming junior, the real world is in my near future. The toughest part about this is realizing that there aren't step by step instructions to any career. No one can tell you the right decision to make because there really isn’t a straight path to a job. You can’t follow in the footsteps of anyone because each person has their own journey. There's a point when you realize your family members, teachers, friends, etc. can't exactly help you anymore.
But, let's not focus on the negatives. This means that every choice you make is now that of your own. No one can tell you what to do or who to be. It's all on you. This is the time to find who you are and who you want to be. That's pretty cool!
The truth is all of us pretend to be calm, cool and collected, but inside we're freaking out. In a few years we could be back living at home with our parents or we could even be living in another country. In a way, I enjoy not knowing what the future holds. It's exciting to focus on the present and dream about the future.
Throughout the next two years, I will have to independently decide what it is I want to do. Making the decisions up to this point has been difficult, but they have shaped who I am today. This summer I was lucky enough to have an internship with San Diego 6 and it has only made me love broadcast journalism more. I am nervous for what the future holds, but I’m also excited to see what is in store!
One of my first times on-air...and definitely the first time in a costume! Yay Comic-Con!