“What do you want to do when you graduate?”

I’m not sure, but I do want to travel.

Most recent grads just want to get their foot in the door and start their careers. For me, I actually just want to make it to graduation first before I think about that path. I’ve been in school for two years now since I took a year or so break after freshman year, so it feels like I’ve been on this bus for a long time. The age gap and transfer from community college has made me the oddball among my peers. As far as I know, I’m the only one in Mizzou’s journalism program who didn’t spend freshman and sophomore year here. I actually received my associates degree at MACC, and graduating with that was a feat all on its own.

I actually dislike being asked what the plan will be.Β I seriously do not know.Β What I plan to major in (Magazine Editing) isn’t even really the field I want to go into. I mean, it might be. But how am I supposed to know? I’m going into it right now because it’s the most interesting to me. Anyway, being asked that question is like being asked when I’m going to have kids or when I’m going to get married. Perhaps I have severe age-complex where I don’t want to grow up anymore but I also don’t want to be in school anymore. I want to graduate so I don’t have to wait tables at $3.75 an hour but in all honesty, I’m probably going to have to keep doing that when I graduate so I can erase some of my debt.

I would love to have a job waiting for me when I graduate. However, I am one of those people who tend to live in the present and gain more satisfaction from short-term goals. Everything I have accomplished is because of hours of hard work and sacrifice. I don’t even know what’s going to happen in the next two years. It would be foolish to think about a job not meant for me then. One thing for sure is that I will travel. It might not be right away, but that’s what I’ve saved all my money up for. So I can explore and feed my curiosity. I can read and write in Spanish but I want to be very fluent conversation-wise. I would like to travel to South America or Spain and immerse myself in their culture for six months. And by the time I leave, I would be fluent. Secondly, I want to pay my car off. To me, that would almost be more satisfying than graduating because then I know that if I can pay my car off, I can pay off my college debt. Someway, some how.

I know for sure that I will be starting from scratch when I graduate, and that’s scary. It’s that age-complex thing again. Maybe the future scares me because having a set plan is just not my style. What would I like to do when I graduate? Let me graduate first.


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