Senior reflection: Do what makes you happy

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Senior reflection: Do what makes you happy

Andrew Michalik, Staff Writer

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Congrats guys! We all made it through our 12 years of school together, and we did it pretty well, too. Now it’s time to move onto bigger and better things and make our lives meaningful through pursuing our dreams.

However, there is no need to rush into starting our lives.

We have our whole lives to figure out what we want to do, so there’s no need to rush it. Through every point moving forward, everyone should focus on achieving personal health and happiness. If that means transferring schools, taking a few years off, or not going to college, that is a decision for you, and you only, to make.

According to Forbes Online, out of all the college graduates in the United States, 45 percent claim that the college degree was not worth the cost of college.

A Gallup study in 2000 reports that two-thirds of American workers feel no real connection to their jobs and Forbes stated that 52.3 percent of people are not happy with their jobs.

So tell me, why rush into a career and spend all the money on college just to be unhappy?

I’m not saying do or don’t go to college, and I’m not saying live without a career, I’m just saying slow down. Take a minute and ask yourself, “What do I really want to do with my life?”

This time in life is so hectic and college will fly by quickly. Before you know it you’re stuck in a career that you may not enjoy or care for. I think we need to just slow down, pause our fast paced lives and reflect on what we really want to do. This kind of self-reflection doesn’t take long to do, but it can really make a difference.

Many people that I know, including myself, do not know what they want to do with their lives at this point. And although we may not feel it, this is normal and OK. So if you don’t know what you want to do, why spend insane amounts of money on a college education that you may not even use? Nobody wants college debt, especially if it’s for a degree that isn’t even worth the price.

We all have the potential to achieve greatness. Everyone here has the opportunity to live a happy life.  However, these are more likely to happen, if you can allow yourself some quality time to answer the important questions you may be putting off.

So before you make any major life choices, take a moment and ask yourself: what are you truly proud of? How can you make a positive effect on the world? What makes you the most happy?

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