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Seniors, welcome to your quarter-life crisis

By Priyanka Jaisinghani Staff Writer

Go back in time. Just to when you were about 7 and now think, what did you want to be? If you ask a classroom filled with 7-year-olds you’ll get a diverse range of answers — astronauts, pilots, Superman, Barbie doll, protector of your teddy bear, ballerina and the list goes on. When we were asked the same question in high schools, we all still had ambitious dreams — but maybe a bit more realistic. The answers varied, but we were all dreamers. We were told that if we put our mind to it, we have the power to do anything we want.

Seniors, now here we all are, just a month away from graduation. When asked the question, "What do you want to do?" some of you already have a life plan set where you have a job and you know what the future holds. Many of you might be in the same boat I am — in a quarter-life crisis. In this boat, we have more questions than answers. As a freshman, it's all about living in the moment and YOLO. Nobody tells you how hard it will be finding a job or coming to terms with the reality of bills and baby shower invitations.

This isn't about our crisis, it's about coming to terms with the greatness we are about to become. The road ahead is unknown, but we know we are going towards greatness. Maybe it’s not about where we’ll end up but, as Miley Cyrus says, it’s the climb. The climb seems rocky and shaky as we figure out the path unknown.

When you're on this path, don't forget these things:

1) Take a risk. Take even a small one. You don't start living until you get our of your comfort zone. Try and test everything out. Fail once, fail twice. You will get back on that saddle. This is your quarter-life crisis and you can do anything you want. If you won't do it now, when will you do it? Take advantage of all the opportunities life presents your way. You don't have to get your life together in this one moment.

2) Figure out what you like doing. If you have a variety of passions, try many things until you realize what you like. For more immediate results, clean out your Sunday schedule and whip out a notebook. Spend the night sipping wine and write out all you enjoy (writing, singing, event planning, construction or even shoe-making). What is that one thing you truly love? For further assistance, take one of those passion/interest tests that you can easily find on Google. Find it and make strides to work towards it.

3) Do your own thing. It's our differences that make us all unique. You and I could be similar, but our paths are all different. Do your own thing. Don't be afraid to go against the grain and figure out the best plan for you. A job or even graduate school might not be your flavor. Whatever it is, go confidently on the path in your direction.

4) Let go of your expectations: This is going to be a hard one for some of you (and me). We have created an image of how life will be after this moment. You don't have to follow what is making others in the same age range happy just because you are of a certain age. This will lead you to a life of unhappiness, as you will never be able to pinpoint what motivates you. Get real with yourself . Don't focus on the things you don't have or haven't accomplished yet. Go on that journey of self-discovery.

Life won't always be rainbows and butterflies. Some days will be good and others will be bad. At the end of the day, this is your life and work towards what makes you happy. 



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