In a few weeks, I will be graduating with high honors from a local community college, at seventeen years old.
Everything that had to occur to get me here was sort of confusing, but I will do my best.
I started taking 2-3 classes a semester when I was fifteen, as a duel enrollment student.
I “graduated” high school in December (“graduated” because I was going to graduate last spring, but I wanted to do soccer for a year, so… my parents “held” me back a year)
…and In January, I became an official college student.
I needed 15 credits as a matriculated student in order to graduate, and somehow it all worked out. (Jesus is pretty great that way)
picking my degree:
So in May, I will have my associates in General Studies.
Why general studies, you may ask?
I have never been one of those people who have known since they were seven that they want to be a doctor, or an artist, or an English teacher.
I have had dreams though, sure.
When I was four, I desperately wanted to be a gymnast and compete at the olympics. (Let’s just day I didn’t even get close)
When I was twelve, I developed my dream to act in tv shows and movies.
When I was thirteen, I wanted to be a scientist. (However, that dream was subdued a bit after I took college bio. )
When I was around fourteen, I thought that being a makeup/hairdresser would be… The. Bomb.
When I was fifteen or sixteen, I found that I loved writing, absolutely loved it. (Which is part of the reason I’m here and you’re reading this)
At sixteen, I was sure that I was going to go into nursing.
In the past year or so, I’ve discovered that maybe being a cyber security specialist is what I’m meant to do. Than a friend told me about lawyering, and well, I thought that was pretty great too.
To sum it all up, I have a boatload of things I’m interested in.
I used to stress a lot about trying to find my thing. The thing God created me to do.
But, I don’t really stress about it anymore (…ish), because I’ve been told by people 2-3 times my age that they still have no idea what they want to do when they grow up.
So, anyways, I went for general studies.
Taking as many courses in the things I’m interested in as possible.
Hoping that I would find something.
But, I just ended up finding more things I’m interested…
I think my biggest advice that I have for upcoming high school graduates, who don’t know what they want to do, is:
You don’t need to decide now.
But, keep trying new things. Job shadow. Research things. Watch movies or read books about things that interest you.
Learn about yourself; likes, dislikes, things that bring you joy, the things that you can’t stand.
It’ll make whatever decision you make a million times easier.
There’s something for everyone, and it may not even be what you expected.
It may just be what you need to pay the bills so that you have the ability to do you hobbies and passions.
Work hard. Be patient. Try new things. Keep learning.
(Oh, and I wanna be a pastry chef too)