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That Sounds Familiar.

January 18, 2011

**I’d like to interrupt my normal sarcasm-ridden posts for something serious for a change. Regularly scheduled programming will commence from here on out.**

I think I just came to a life changing realization from the show Greek.

I don’t really know what that says about me but it’s okay. I’ll take all of the guidance I can get.

So, a little background story is in order I suppose, right?

There are two characters on the show who are given the assignment to figure out “the meaning of life.” (Cliché?) They try all of these different ways to figure it out and then they turn to the age old college problem solver—weed (okay, perhaps my life doesn’t parallel the show exactly). So… maybe it’s not the perfect solution but what they discussed while they were high really hit home. One of the characters is this guy who has been in college forever, has no major, parties 24/7, and you can imagine the rest. The other is one who from the outside seemingly has it all together. Everyone thinks he’s the perfect student, he gets good grades, and is a real go-getter. But come to find out, he’s exactly like the other guy in the sense that he has NO idea what he wants out of life. He just has a bunch of ideas.

Picture where I’m going with this?

I AM that guy… except I’m a girl. Everyone thinks I have it together. I’m president of the Student Activities Board, I’m VP of my sorority, I’m president of Panhellenic, I have a 3.8 GPA and I’m the lone student rep on the college’s board of directors for crying out loud. I don’t like tooting my own horn but… I’m kind of a big deal. But let’s be totally and completely honest—where has that gotten me? In the grand scheme of things, I’m still in the same place I was freshman year. I’m about to graduate in 4 months and I have no idea what I want to do with the rest of my life. I just have a bunch of abstract ideas and without any action, that’s all they are ever going to be.

Parallel #2?

The guy on the show said he wanted to make the world a better place.

And so do I.

But how? How do I find a way to do that? I’ve taken every class imaginable at my college and not one has taught me how to make the world a better place.

And you know what? I’m running out of time. What if I never figure it out?

I’m trying really hard to be that girl who flies by the seat of her pants and takes life as it comes at her. But deep down, I’m scared. Deep down I’m worried that I’m going to be a failure. And as someone who has never really failed at anything—that’s the worst fate imaginable.

I believe in fate. Really.. I do! But I’m starting to wonder if fate believes in me back.

So, in an effort to pull it all together, here’s what I know.

I like helping people. I like exercising. I like social media. I like business. I like traveling. I like being involved. I like feeling as if I’m a part of something bigger than the whole. I like whiskey. I like knowing that what I’m doing with my life is making a difference, whether it be big or small.

So dear universe—give me a little guidance here, that’s all I’m asking. I recycle. I love my fellow man. I wish for peace on earth just like Miss America herself. Heck, if need be I’ll even start liking all the snow you’ve been producing as of late. Just give me a sign that I haven’t wasted the last four years of my life working my ass off to get nowhere.


One confused college senior on the verge of the rest of her life.


PS—That’s about as real as it gets.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. January 18, 2011 5:04 am

    There is no need to know what you are going to do when you graduate college! I am 26 and have changed paths 3 times…and I’d do it again. As long as you’re happy thats all that matters!!

  2. January 18, 2011 5:20 am

    What a great and honest post about yourself! It makes me happy that you are taking the initiative to delve deep into finding out what your true passions are. It’s hard to find out what our passions are. Mine is to see people happy. I am a people pleaser. I always have been I like making people feel good (by cooking for them, baking goodies for people, teaching people to learn new skills) I like being knowledgable about fitness and nutrition to teach other what I know and what has worked for me. I figure that’s why I want to become a teach to teach kids not only skills in the class room but skills for life, (how to treat others with respect, what food groups to eat, how important it is to get a healthy meal in to do well in school)… teaching may be a good path for you if you enjoy being with people.

    just a thought! 🙂

    • January 20, 2011 2:09 pm

      Thank you. 🙂 I’ve actually considered teaching before and it’s certainly not out of the picture yet, that’s for sure. 🙂

  3. January 18, 2011 6:08 am

    You’re still young- don’t worry about not knowing what you want to do! I know a lot of people that still have no idea. You’ll figure it out- it’s all about experiencing new things 🙂

  4. January 18, 2011 11:39 am

    mhmmmm… how about working as a PR girl for a foundation?

  5. January 20, 2011 6:48 pm

    Great post!! I’m a college senior too, so I definitely feel you on this one : )
    I think you have a lot of great ideas about what you like to do. You don’t have to know EXACT what you want to do when you graduate, people change “careers” all the time. I have no doubt that you will work hard and that will lead you to where you want to go.
    That sounded really cheesy. Apologies.
    What’s your major?

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