One of The Most Important Things I have learned on my University Journey

Dear you, yes you. The person staring at this blog trying to figure out what you want to do with your life. I want to tell you to stop; you do not have to fully decide who you are right at this very moment in your life.  When I saw Nipissing for the first time, I knew that this is where I could picture myself going to school for 4 years. It was the amazing campus, small classes sizes and beautiful residence that helped to guide me to my final decision. When I was applying to university, I had some idea of who I wanted to become. I remember being told that I needed to start thinking seriously about my future. I had created a plan and a pathway that would eventually bring me to my final goal.

Now, as I sit here and write this entry for you to read, I can honestly say I am not sure who I want to be when I “grow up”.  One of the most valuable things that I have learned throughout my university journey so far is that it is okay to not know.  I was convinced that I had to know exactly who I wanted to be at the ripe age of 17.  University is an adventure, it is the time to try new things and to really find something you are completely passionate about. Although I still have some framework of what I want to do after university, my options have broadened, and I am open to letting my interests and education guide me to something I will find rewarding.

At the end of the day, coming to Nipissing will be part of an amazing journey of finding yourself and really following your heart. So please, do not think that you need to have everything figured out. Let this experience guide your future. One of the biggest life lessons that I have taken away from my two years at Nipissing is that it truly is okay not to know.  I wish that someone told the 17 year old me that I would still be successful as a high school student and then university student even if I did not know who I wanted to become.  So, dear you, you are going to be okay.

Samantha Lee
2nd Year Social Welfare (BA), minor in Gender Studies