Being OK with the unknown

December 16, 2016



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When I started college, I had everything planned out: I was going to get a degree in journalism and hopefully work at a news station after graduation.


Now, I am two months away from graduating and I have no idea what I am going to do for the rest of my life. And you know what? That is OK.


Not knowing what you are going to do for the rest of your life is not the end of the world. As millennials, society tells us we are supposed to graduate from high school, attend university and then get a job.


And that job is supposed to be a high salary job with lots of benefits and have an office with a view, but what if that’s not what I want?


What if I spent four years learning so many different things that I have no idea what I actually want to do? What if I don’t want to get a desk job right after graduation? What if I don’t want to go to graduate school just to put myself further in debt?


I’m here to say it is OK not to know what the rest of your life is going to look like right now. I am 23 and while it feels old to me now, I’m not going to think that in 40 years.


These are the years where I am allowed to be wild and figure out who I want to be in life. The best advice my mom could’ve given me was, “Do what makes you happy, even if it means making someone else mad, because at the end of the day you are the only one who will be with you until the end.”


I spent most of my college career stressing about what is going to happen next. I have been kept awake at night by the fear that whatever I do will not be the right thing. I am over living with that anxiety because I know whatever I will do will be the right thing as long as I am happy.


So for now, I am going to do things that make me happy, even if it means working odd jobs to pay the bills after school. Now more than ever, I think young people need to know you do not always have to have everything figured out. That is what the rest of your life is for.


So if you are like me and are having an identity crisis because you don’t know what to do, take a moment to breath and figure out what makes you happy. Spend these years searching for whatever it is that you are passionate about and stick with it.


Because in the end, you are going to be the only person who has been with you from start to finish.



Kailee Courts is a journalism and French major from Lake Arthur who serves as layout designer for The Tech Talk.


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