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  • We are who we are and we do what we do.

    In high school it seemed like we did everything for our college application. In college it seems like we do everything for our resume. Why is this so? I love school, I really do. I am one of those nerds who just loves learning a myriad of new things and wishes she could have twenty majors and thirty minors and still finish in four years. If I could, I would probably choose to be in school for a majority of my life and work for about ten years. With that being said, I have been recently pondering future plans, current resume, and reasons for what I get myself involved in. I am what one might call, over-involved in too many different things, but what I figured out is that I love everything that I do. I have two jobs and an internship. I volunteer in my free time and go into debt traveling the world to help NGO's in Developing Nations. I am involved in retreats on campus and am President of a club that fights Eating Disorders. Not to mention that I make an attempt at a social life in between the insanity of 18 credits and the rest of my extra-curricular activities and jobs. What I am telling you all of this for is to pass on some wisdom that I have acquired through this journey of college. That wisdom is this: love and intentionality. We are only young once and we do not get second chances so do only things that you love and only things that you intentionally mean to do. Sign up for clubs that you are passionate about, not ones that you think will "look good" on your resume. Take jobs that won't make you crazy and that will help put into perspective what kind of career you can see yourself holding in the future. Find internships that suit the amount of time you have in a week and the kind of field that interests you. Be a Duck Tour guide if that is what your heart desires, be a scuba instructor in Australia for a summer, whatever lights a fire in you, follow that and do not let what other's say change your mind. You will be okay, no matter what you do. You will find the perfect job for you even if you get rejected from ten before you find one. You will get into the college that fits you best even if it is not your first choice. Everything will be okay, in fact, it will be better than okay. Your life with be incredible and unique to you so love it and live it! And with that I leave you for another great week! GO REDHAWKS!

    -Do what your heart says, not your mind. You will be okay.

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