Cheers, Here’s to College

 

College is around the corner and I’m very excited to start that chapter in my life! High school has been full of experiences, late-night adventures, and some of the best-captured events. It has matured me, helped me become the woman I am. It helped me win some battles and lose some on the way. But that’s what high school is for-to find who you are as an individual and to figure out what the heck you want to do after…

When I graduated high school (even before I graduated), I was constantly asked,

“What are you going after you graduate?”

“Which college are you going to?”

“What are you going to major in?”

Whenever I was approached with that last question, I ended up giving a list of answers: graphic designer, public relations, something with computers. Just like many high school students, I didn’t know what I really wanted to do. What is my dream job? What am I good at? What are my strengths? What are my weaknesses? One thing I knew for sure is that I didn’t want spend a lot of money only to change my major again and again.

I’ve heard of people changing their major at least 5 times before being able to figure out what they want to do. What?! I didn’t want to be that person. I didn’t want to be that person who didn’t know what they wanted to do with their life. I wanted to go in, know exactly what I wanted, and go for it.

Unfortunately, in a way, I ended up being one of those people. I changed my major… Several times. First it was Graphic Design… Until I realized how difficult it is to find a job with that major with the economy right now. That’s not what I hoped four years of college would be the result of. That’s when I changed it to Public Relations. What was I going to do with that? I wasn’t really sure except that I was going to be around people for the majority of the time. Other than that, I was clueless. I figured I was going to be the face of a company. I would represent them. This made me unsure again of what I wanted to do with my life…

A couple months ago, a couple of representatives from the college I’m going to dropped in to help answer students questions and present information about their different programs. During one of their presentations, they showed a new program that was going to begin this fall. It was a combination of Public Relations and Graphic Design. BINGO! When they explained it, I fell in love. I thought to myself, this is it! I’m going to become a Public Relations Director and do graphic design on the side, make tons of money and love it! …That is, until the end of the school year rolled around.

Growing up, I always had a love for technology. I remember my younger days where I would walk around with my parents’ film camera and take photos of things around the house and take the photo again and again until it was perfect. I was the cause of constant film purchases. Oh, the days of film… On top of that, I grew up around computers. Around the age of six, I had my first computer. Boxy screen and all (it was a monster), it sat in my room and it was mine. I played videos games and wrote short stories on that dinosaur of a thing thing until it became a fire hazard.

The thing about computers that I don’t like is the math. Yuck! Math is not my strong suit. But then I found Computer Information Systems. I looked into the program and the math to take is less strenuous. Just Statistics and Pre-calculus Algebra. Woot! I did more research. I found an article saying how Computer Information System Managers rank #3 in best jobs for women. Aha!

Computer majors are a predominantly male field of work and that’s another reason why I want to do it. I want to change that. I want to be different. I want to do something I know I’ll love, something I’ve loved from a young age. I want to join a man’s field of work and conquer it.

As of June, I will be going to college for Computer Information Systems… Maybe this will be the one. Fingers crossed!

As I raise my glass filled with sparkling water, I’d like to propose a toast (or vow?). To be myself, always. To live and learn (because plenty of mistakes will be made, I’m not perfect). To focus on the positive side of things. To strive to do my best. To always wear a smile on my face and to wear my hair big and wild.

Okay college, here I come. Treat me well.

 

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