By Kayla Lott, Toppel Ambassador
It seems like today everyone is trying to make everything into a timeline, and I can’t say that I haven’t done that myself, especially going to an institution like UM. Everyone seems to already have their lives figured out and laid before them, and then there’s you, still looking for that big-break internship. You may be a junior, sophomore or even a freshman freaking out about your future and how you’re not ready for it. You may very well not be, but no one can be ready for the future. Unless you’re some type of future seer, no one knows what the future holds, and it’s okay not to have your whole life figured out.
Not to mention people are always changing. It’s said that people change jobs seven times during the time they work. What you do coming straight out of college most likely won’t be what you’re doing ten years from now, and what you’re doing ten years from now most likely won’t be what you’re doing ten years from then. You shouldn’t be the same person in ten years that you are now, and your job may be affected by these changes.
Also, don’t ever feel like you haven’t done enough. You are young. Of course most of us don’t have the experience of a CEO! Hiring managers understand that. As a matter of fact, they like that better than experienced people because the experienced have a tendency to act like they know everything, and at 22, no matter how “experienced” you are, you don’t.
Don’t look at college as an hourglass that’s running out. Look at it as a time to learn who you are and the person you want to be. The next four, three, two or even one year is a time for you to develop your sense of self and sense of purpose. Don’t take this time for granted because in the blink of an eye, it’ll be over, and you’ll actually have to start worrying about the future. As a Chinese proverb says, “one step at a time is good walking.”