Young and High-Strung – Pursuing Your Passion
We are excited to be sharing an inspiring perspective from guest student blogger Nick Fequiere on why it makes sense to be pursuing your passion as a college student. When it comes to careers, many college students will inevitably be faced with the dilemma of playing it safe with the standard job options versus following their hearts toward an untraditional job path. Here’s what Nick has to say:
As a teenager or twenty-something year old, it often feels as if we have the weight of the world on our shoulders. We typically have to go to school, work a job or two, and still maintain relationships and household responsibilities. Believe me, I’ve been there. As a matter of fact, I’m still there. However, I never fail to comprehend the big picture. I understand that I’m going to school to do something I love (become a broadcaster and writer for ESPN, for those of you who were curious). I know far too many people who are paying thousands of dollars in tuition, not for their passion, but rather for a field that will offer more money or a course of study that their parents suggested.
What we all have to keep in mind is that no one can live our lives except us. Whether we make the right or wrong choices, we are usually the ones who have to reap the benefits or suffer the consequences. Some of us, me included, are working toward lofty goals in an effort to provide for our families. I don’t want that message to be misconstrued. Even though we are working toward helping and supporting our loved ones, the individual putting in the effort should come first the majority of the time. You have to appreciate yourself and the hard work you put into achieving your goals. You have to remember that you are making present sacrifices for future glory. You must never forget that, as Apollo Creed in Rocky III so aptly stated, “There is no tomorrow!”
Live, work, sweat, cry, and bleed like there is no tomorrow. Be aggressive. Be straightforward. As corny and naïve as it may sound, always aim for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars. Most importantly though, do not stress out. Maybe you missed an assignment or you failed a class, but you can’t change the past. Do not get me wrong; this isn’t to say that you should offer a half-hearted attempt at your education. In fact, my previous assertions state the exact opposite. I only mean that stressing often gets you nowhere; hard work and perseverance will take you farther than any amount of stress ever could.
However, I’d like to digress and return to my original point. Understand that life is far too short to worry so much about such a small portion of it. There are plenty of paths for you to take to achieve your goals, but all roads lead to Rome. Some take the traditional route and attend a four year university, while others enjoy a stint at junior college before transferring out. Others prefer to go to a trade school or a nursing school. While they may not be enrolled at the most prestigious of universities, at least they have structure and they know what they want; as opposed to the Liberal Studies major attending a state university and paying astronomically high prices for a general education.
It’s no wonder that students become so stressed when faced with the realities of failure within today’s educational system. A failing grade undoubtedly means hundreds of additional dollars spent on an already flawed process. Unfortunately, there are only so many options and we have to make the best of what we’ve got. Keep in mind that living in America, we have so many more opportunities than so many others around the world. Take advantage of every occasion, remain collected, and fight for your future like there’s no tomorrow.