Dear College Senior Me,
Things are always tough this way.
I know how it feels to be unsure of what lies ahead. Sure, your friends may seem pretty confident and optimistic about their future, but you must always keep in mind that you are not them. Tomorrow is never promised to anyone. It’s okay to ask many questions, to feel a little scared, to be human. Never let the pressure of fast and easy success get to you. The world doesn’t work that way.
Always remember this: It’s okay to be ambitious. It’s never wrong to want something that you know will make you happy. Send countless applications. Don’t be afraid to apply for a position that you really, really, want. And when you get rejected, (trust me, you will) don’t be too hard on yourself. Keep following your dreams. Never, ever settle for anything less than you truly deserve. The world will offer you seemingly reasonable choices: that stint your friend keeps talking about may be enough to support you and your family, but it can never make you happy. It will be an endless torture, and you will always be pelted by your nagging ‘what ifs’.
Strive to become better at your craft. Don’t be afraid to publish your work and have it critiqued by your fellow writers. Finish that novel you keep putting off, revamp your blog, attend seminars and workshops that will help you become better at what you do. Never forget to read. Always make time for your library. Do not despise continuous learning.
Don’t be afraid to seek help when you need it. People will sometimes fail to understand you, but don’t let that be a reason to push them away. Get out more. See the world and let it liberate you from your seemingly endless fears. Dare to do things you’ve never done before.
Do yourself a favor and never stop dreaming. It is through your ability to dream that you are able to conquer greater heights. You are what you make yourself to be.
P.S.: Yes, we still like that boy. I don’t think that’s ever gonna change.
The Corporate You