When I was little, I was always asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. The answer to that question was always quick and easy. “I want to be a pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks,” I would say with gusto as if my pronouncing the fact that I wanted to be a professional baseball player meant it was going to come true.
When I became a freshman in high school, it became evident that my dream of becoming a pro baseball player was never going to happen because, well, I was really, really bad at baseball. The dream of young Connor Sams faded and new ideas of what I wanted to be began to float around my head all throughout high school. I thought about being a writer, a firefighter or a police officer. I even thought about being a masseur. But when I had to pick a major here at Northwestern, I settled on public relations not really knowing what it was, other than the fact that those in public relations made good money.
Now that I am a junior public relations major here at NW, I still do not know what I want to do when I grow up. The funny thing is, I am not the only one. I have heard fellow juniors and even seniors talk about how they are unsure about what they want to do after college. It is not that they are unaware of what they enjoy or what they like to do; it is the idea of choosing an occupation that they will have for a good portion of their life. That is scary. It is scary to plan out your life when you cannot even decide whether you are going to go to the Hub or the caf for lunch tomorrow.
While society may tell us we need to know what occupation we are going to have when we graduate college, I am here to tell you that it is okay to not know. It is okay to hop around in the job market in order to find one job that will ultimately make you happy. It is okay to get a job in the same area of specialization that you majored in, only to find out that you hate it. It is perfectly fine to not know.
So, for all of you who are up in the air about what you want to do with your life after college, take a deep breath, have a warm cookie from the Hub and know that it will all be ok.