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Follow your dreams

Have you ever dreamt about something great in life? About following your passion? About doing what you love, even though you’ve been discouraged by many? So have I. In elementary school, you’re taught to follow your dreams. You’re told,“You can be anything you want to be if you set your mind to it!”, no matter how out-of-the-box it might seem. As a little kid, you’d never think your dream would be crushed by reality, but once you enter high school and college, you see how ugly life can be.

Martin Luther King gives his "I Have A Dream" speech. Graphic from ABC News
Martin Luther King gives his “I Have A Dream” speech. Graphic from ABC News

Raise your hand if you put your dream aside to go to college and do what your parents and society thinks you should do. Are you raising your hand? Because I am. I always thought that having big dreams was a weakness, that wanting to do something that isn’t necessarily “realistic” was one of my biggest faults. That is, until I woke up and realized that wanting something bigger and better for myself was a gift, that being creative and artistic doesn’t have to take a back seat to science and math.

Having a passion is what gets me through the day. It’s what gets me out of bed in the morning and allows me to continue to do the things that I don’t necessarily enjoy doing. It’s the one thing that makes me understand why I was put on this earth and that reason is to create music.

Singing is the one thing that I really feel passionate about. Right now, it’s only a hobby but I hope one day to be able to create a career out of it. Of course, nowadays in the music industry, being able to sing is only the first step into making it. You also need to play at least one instrument if not more, read music, write songs, and so on.

It isn’t as simple as it used to be, but I don’t let the discourage me. I won’t let the “unrealistic career choice” statement affect me anymore.

It shouldn’t be about what other people think about your passion. It should be about what you think your purpose in life is, what your true calling is. Don’t let society run your life anymore.

My one piece of advice for you is this: follow your heart because in the end, only you have to live with the decisions you make. You can either be happy that you tried to follow your dreams, whether you succeeded or failed, or you fall asleep at night wondering what could have been. The choice is yours.

Change your major, change your life

When I left high school, I was pretty sure about what I wanted. I entered RU with my wonderful boyfriend of two years on my arm and a passion for Psychology. I was positive that I wanted to continue on to grad school, get my Ph.D, and go through my life practicing psychology in a therapy setting.

A lot has changed since then. I’m still with that boyfriend, and he’s still wonderful; but nothing else has stayed the same. After a year of working with Whim, I’ve decided that I want to work in media. I love chasing stories and beating deadlines- it makes me feel alive and happy. I’ve done so much debating about this, but I finally made an important decision. I’m ready to change my major.

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“My fiery passion for psychology burned and then fizzled. I still like reading about psychology, but I don’t feel anywhere as excited about it as I used to.” Photo by: Sydney Crawson

As you can imagine, the feeling of uncertainty about my future was weighing heavy on me for a while. My fiery passion for psychology burned and then fizzled. I still like reading about psychology, but I don’t feel anywhere as excited about it as I used to. At first, I thought that this was just normal. I figured that once I took a class whose content I was most interested in, my flame would be reignited. Try as I might, though, it never was.

Throughout my life, I’ve always held a love for English deep in my heart. During much of my childhood, I didn’t find friends in the children at school. My best friends were my parents and the friends I found in the pages of my favorite books. I visited these friends every day during recess, and every night before I went to sleep. No matter what was going on in my life, these friends could always cheer me up.

During my first year at RU, I took a few English classes for fun. Out of all the classes I’ve taken, these were easily my favorite. I never found it hard to pay attention, and I actually wanted to write my papers. A flame that I had momentarily forgotten existed grew and grew. I felt happy again. Life made sense. This is where I was meant to be, and what I was meant to study.

Never be afraid of change- its inevitable. Sometimes you need to try new things in order to know for sure where you are supposed to be in life. Remember- you’re in college to decide what you’re going to do in YOUR future, not anyone else’s. It may seem selfish, but often you must hold your happiness above the happiness of others or you’ll end up miserable.