A world full of endless possibilities lies beyond our school walls. The question is: Amid all those opportunities, which ones are right for each of us?
As college-bound students, it will take us months to discover our own niche. Right now, we are probably counting down the days to graduation; through this anticipation, we are either enjoying the remainder of high school or waiting for something better to come along.
But, it’s important to remember why we want to go to college or any other post-secondary place. Whatever we consider as a priority will affect the next step we take.
For instance, as a senior, people have asked me a lot of questions regarding college and career. Personally, I would love to become the next great American writer and going to college will help me perfect the writing skills I obtained for years.
But the process will not be easy unless I find the appropriate direction that will lead me to my goal. And up ahead are these road signs: inspiration, motivation, and conversation.Looking for inspiration
For most writers, stories do not spontaneously appear from thin air. There has to be a certain incident, good or bad, that will spark one’s imagination.
I’m just a small town girl, living in a lonely world (Don‘t Stop Believin’!), so growing up in the suburbs has taught me how to mature as a person and as an artist. But of course, I must find the resources necessary to expand my imagination.
That’s why it’s important for me to consider the location of the college in order to find these resources. For example, going to a university in New York City is great starting point to many havens of art (SoHo, Broadway, East and West Village, etc.). Location is one detail that most people overlook; inspiration draws from the energy around us.Motivated to be the best
Although the inspiration is present, I also need the motivation.
We all need a constant reminder of why we want that certain thing. For me, the thought of standing on a pedestal as best-selling novelist gives me the extra push to keep trying.
Maybe I won’t get a book published by the time I graduate from high school (that was an actual goal), but there are other opportunities that can be prerequisites to the process (such as this Diary of a Senior, which I am very happy to be a part of). It never hurts to dream big.My support system
My other big priority as I transition from high school is establishing a support system, finding other people who are as artistic as I am. Throughout high school, I have been able to meet people from other schools in my county, but few with whom I keep in touch.
It may be hard to believe that our high school friends won’t follow us wherever we go (although technology can help us keep in touch). But college is a great chance for us to meet new people; who knows, we may find ourselves asking, “Where have you been all my life?”
Our priorities are a strong driving force. Others could agree or disagree, but the only person who will always bear witness to our accomplishments is our own self.
To quote from the actor James Dean, “Dream as if you‘ll live forever. Live as if you‘ll die today.”
We can make the most out of our lives if we just took the time to figure out what is most important to us.