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Something that needs to be said

September 22, 2017

Seniors, graduation is slowly, but surely, approaching. We are running head-on into the prime of our youth. It is never too early to start thinking about “after graduation.” I know some of you might be saying to yourselves, “It is not even October yet. This guy is crazy.” You know what? I might be crazy, I might be overthinking, and I might be shouting into the void, but the crazy ones are the people you hear about making changes in society and getting their name spread around the country or even the world.

This is what I have to say: Find something that truly makes you happy. If you are an athlete and genuinely enjoy nothing more than going to practice and competing, think about coaching in the future or starting your own team. If you enjoy volunteering your time so that you are putting a smile on the face of those who are in need then you can consider working for a non-profit. Basically, I urge all of you to not settle. It is so easy to fall in love with money and some run of the mill job. Spoiler alert: money will not make you happy in the long run. In no way, shape, or form am I advocating for a life in perpetual poverty, but do not fall prey to money’s seductive nature.

Why am I adamantly expressing concern unto what my fellow classmates do with their futures? Simply, it is because I care. There are a lot of bright individuals at Monmouth College who will probably just work at some job when they graduate, or be forced in some way to attend graduate school which is an entirely different beast in itself. Graduate school is great, if that is what you want to do, and the same applies to working at a place that you could possibly love already. Although these options are available, those are not the only ones.

Find out what you like to do in your spare time. What can you spend countless hours doing besides drinking and watching Netflix? This is a challenge to my peers to not settle for an average life and to strive to be the happiest that you can be. Too often society’s norms dictate what we college students are supposed to do. If you are not working then you go to college. If you go to college then you find a major, study, graduate, and find a job that fits in your field of study. Even if you graduate in one field, it does not mean you cannot work, or become an expert, in another after undergraduate school. In fact, it is quite common among the general public.

Back to society dictating the way we grow and live; take a stand and find a discipline or hobby that correlates into a sustainable way of life. There are thousands of jobs out there, and yeah sometimes you will have to venture outside of your comfort zone, but that is what makes life fun and adventurous. This goes back to not settling; do not be afraid to challenge those around you or to move to a new location. It could change your life. There is so much more out there and all it takes is some open-mindedness, perseverance, and a sprinkle of faith. As I like to say; sometimes you gotta risk it for the biscuit

Riley Hess
Editor in Chief

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