January 2019. Wow. It seems like I was graduating High School yesterday but, low and behold I am almost done my third year of university, which means next year, I will be graduating. I feel so old. Not only do I feel old but I’m scared. Scared of what I’m going to do with the rest of my life. Am I going to continue school? Where am I going to work? Decisions, Decisions. Oh! and don’t forget about the confusion I am feeling right now, and the pressure to know what I am supposed to do with the rest of my life.
I know I’m not alone in this fear of the unknown and the real world.
Change is scary, and like many of you, I have no idea what I want to do or where I plan on going. Except I know a few things, that I want to be happy, healthy and have good relationships with my friends and family. I know those may sound like generic things, but to me they are essential.
Don’t get me wrong I’m excited for this new chapter in my life, and I am excited about the journey I will take whether it be going and getting my Master’s Degree in History of Library Science and Archival Studies, or taking time off to work some job. The world holds numerous pathways we could take, and each path will teach us something different.
But here are my words of advice: do what you want to do. Make the decisions in your life and in your post-secondary career that are best for you, your health and your mental health. Being confused and unsure is okay. But, you need to make sure that you make the best decisions for you, whether it is taking time off to make money in a job you don’t particularly love, or going on an across the country road trip with your friends to showcase and express your new found freedom.
What I’ve learned in the past few months is that it’s okay to be scared or confused because making decisions can be worrisome sometimes. But, that’s okay.
We are lucky enough to be attending a university that has so many great professors and services that can help guide us in making the best the decisions and choices. Maybe the best way to solve the confusion and fear is by just having a conversation with someone who can point us in the right direction.
Just know if you are reading this, and you’re stressed and confused about your future, you are not alone. Be excited about the journey you have yet to go on, and all the things you will learn on your adventures that will help you grow as an individual.