Preparing for lifes changes
May 14, 2004
I do not envy the seniors as they rapidly approach graduation the day
that marks considerable change for them as most cease being students and head
into uncharted territories.
Already I am finding ways to extend my stay here at ULV past the traditional
four years which isnt too difficult given my double major work
load that I willingly jumped into because I couldnt bear making the choice
of one over the other.
Really that debate over whether the University requires too many general education
classes also works in my favor because it gives me a reason to need at least
one extra semester to finish.
And it is not that I dont want to continue to grow and graduation
will most definitely bring new paths into focus it just seems that right
when things seem to come together, another bend is formed in the road, and I
have to adjust to something new.
Theres that saying that change is a good thing, but I cant help
but dread it and the unknown that opens up as change sends us catapulting into
a new direction.
Sometimes I get worried that I am not capable of thriving in the world outside
For as long as I can remember, school environments have been central to my
life. So what happens when I dont have the luxury of spending hours poured
over some novel or dare I say interesting textbook, my livelihood
depends on the stories I write and there are no more term papers to write? Okay,
I wont miss that last one.
I get solace knowing that as a journalist I will have to learn about many
different facets of the world as I go on assignments to cover stories about
topics that I know nothing about.
Already, as I learn my craft writing for this paper, I find myself taking
lessons on subjects I would not otherwise study: the incidence of cervical cancer
in women, the PATRIOT Act, the politics of an actor-governor and the accreditation
process for a law school.
With that English degree in there I hope that gives me the excuse to still
find time to read the works of the greats who have paved the way in unforgettable
storytelling over time.
Ill just say Im doing research for the book I will write one day.
The concept of whats next is a scary one. At least as a student I have
the variety that I crave.
There are too many disciplines that spark my interest and I am a little apprehensive
knowing that eventually I will have to choose which one takes precedence.
That is probably one of the reasons I want to go to graduate school. I enjoy
the possibilities packed into a single classroom with so many diverse thinkers
people who can share their ideas and ultimately get you to think about
things from a different perspective, a perspective you didnt event know
Sometimes I drive home from class pumped with energy from an engaging talk.
I dont want to leave that behind.
When it becomes one week before my graduation, I hope to embrace the possibilities
that come with the next step.
Seniors, remain true to what has driven you to success up to this point and
ultimately do what makes you happy, challenges your way of thinking and others
and keeps you open to the winds of change.
Bailey Porter, a junior journalism major, is managing editor of the Campus
Times. She can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.