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Time to get priorities straight
Posted Feb. 29, 2008

Marilee Lorusso
Editor in Chief

With graduation just around the corner I have really tried to figure out what I am going to do. In a column I wrote last semester, I talked about how nice it is to not have everything set in stone and how going with the flow is nice for once. Along those lines, with about 13 weeks left until graduation, I have been thinking a lot about what I want to do after I leave the University of La Verne.

Of course, my family wants me to find a job or go to graduate school and those are two great options and either would probably be the smart thing to do, but I feel like there is so much that I want to do first. I have worked hard and waited to be a college graduate for 22 years. Now, I know I may be getting ahead of myself since I still do have three months of classes to pass before I can officially call myself a graduate, and maybe I could be jinxing myself, but at any rate, a girl can still dream about what I hope to accomplish, right?

First and foremost, I really want to spend more time with my family.

College has, in a way, taken me away from my family. When I was younger, I was constantly spending time with my parents.

We used to go to breakfast on the weekend and visit our family. Now with work, internships, sorority and homework, it has been so hard for me to just take a few hours to see them. I have a beautiful niece and two amazing nephews that I hardly get to spend time with which is really hard for me. Yes, I get pictures sent to me on my cell phone from time to time, but it just isn’t the same. I hate being the aunt who is hardly around. I am so excited to see them grow up and be there for them. My dad recently retired, and you would think that I get to hang out with him all of the time now, but with my schedule it has been hard for me to make time.

I know that many of us face this same dilemma.

I have lost sight of what really makes me happy and replaced it with this new crazy life. I don’t regret it, and school is where I want to be, but after graduation I hope to revert back to the good old days with family.

Second, I would love to travel. I want to take a road trip across the United States. I have never seen the east coast, and I know that there is so much to experience between here and there. Just like most college students, I want to travel around Europe. My mom has also been dying to take me to South Korea, where she is from. I cannot wait to see where she grew up.

Third, I want to write. You are probably thinking, doesn’t she write all of the time, but I don’t mean just like this. I want to take time and just write about anything and everything but not for a publication, for me.

Last, of course, I want to find a good job. Currently, I am lucky enough to have two internships with two great organizations: Fox Sports and the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. I love both of my internships. The people are amazing, the tasks I do are different at each place and I love learning new things. Hopefully one of them turns into a job opportunity, but if not, I know that the experiences I have had and will have with them will help me in my future career.

For us seniors, we can only continue to push through the semester, but I am also taking everything in because I know I will miss it when it’s gone.

Marilee Lorusso, a senior journalism major, is sports editor of the Campus Times. She can be reached by e-mail at mlorusso@ulv.edu.