Monday, May 11, 2015

Graduation Advice

I can't believe that almost two years ago this month that I will have graduated high school. Where has the time gone!? It seems like just last week I was walking the halls with my friends to class, studying my butt of for Finals, finishing up projects and sending off my graduation announcement. 

Any Senior knows that the biggest, and most annoying question you get asked is "Have you decided on your major?" This is the million dollar question. Most of the time I wanted to answer, "Heck no! I haven't even decided what I'm wearing tomorrow let alone what I'm dedicating my entire life and future too!" But I refrained and answered politely, "Not yet I'm still toying with a few ideas. Maybe I'll be a doctor by day, a journalist by night and a behavioral analyst on the weekends." We all chuckled but seriously I had no idea what I wanted to do. I had so many ideas of careers I wanted to have.
With the date of graduation quickly approaching I had to give them an answer of what to announce. I told them what college I was planning to attend and what my major would be. But something wasn't right. At night I'd lay in bed and convince myself that this was the right choice, that it was what I wanted, that it's what I had to do. I told myself that it's what everyone, my parents, family, teachers, peers, classmates, pretty much the entire world expected of me. They expected me, Samantha Goble, to go to a respected four year university and study something 'prestigious' and make a name for myself and be successful. I told myself that if I didn't do that then I'd be letting them down, I'd be failing them (I'm a person who fears and hates failure). So I did it. But deep down in my heart and soul it just didn't sit right. 

After thinking and thinking and thinking about it and why it didn't feel right it dawned on me. The reason why was because it's what everyone else wanted, it's not what I wanted. It was in that moment the light bulb went off, everything was suddenly clear. I made my decision based on the wants of everyone else. I didn't even consider what I wanted. I wanted to plan events, gorgeous, grandoise events. After that eureka moment I decided to change my college and my major. So here I am currently pursuing my B.A. in Event and Meeting Management to become an event planner.

What's the point to this looong winded story (sorry I'm a long writer....)? My point is that if you are unsure of your future or if what you choose doesn't feel right deep down in your heart and soul that it's okay to change it. Or if you're pursuing a career that's not what you really want it's okay to change it and go for what you want. Follow your heart and your passions.  Do what you love and love what you do! You should be excited to get up and go to work in the morning because you're doing what you love! Life is too short to be unhappy.

Good luck to the Class of 2015!

What piece of advice would you give to a Senior? Anything you wish you would have been told? Share it in the comments below!

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