Separate the musts from the wants and find what we’re meant to do


As college seniors, – or college students in general for that matter, – balancing the workload of assignments, essays, tests, research courses, and internships, (for those brave enough to do theirs during a school semester) the workload is piling up. Freshman, you’re still gaining a sense of how college works, don’t stress. Sophomores don’t worry you still have time, relax and enjoy (but start getting gen eds out of the way now, trust me). Juniors and especially seniors, let’s just say it’s almost November and it feels like we just got here. That’s it; just one month that stands in the way of this semester coming to a close. For seniors, that is excitingly terrifying.

The days that turn into weeks of work seem like assignments on assignments, one after the other. We all have those days where we just can’t wait to graduate, yet we also have those days when we are walking around our beautiful campus and think of how grateful we are to have this college experience.

Sooner or later, these moments will all be a distant memory. More than likely, the information we wrote down in our notes, key terms and definitions we have to study are not what we will remember. We’ll remember the people we made memories with of course, but we’ll also remember the classes we looked forward to going to every other day. Those classes can help us find what we want to do for the rest of our lives. Think about the classes that stand out more than the others, and why they stand out. Excitement leads to passion, and if we’re passionate about something we’re more willing to take the time to practice and strengthen ourselves in order to become better.

Think about the four years of college. The most important thing to take away is discovering what it is you want to do.

There will always be classes we cannot stand to do the assignments or to even bother studying for, but we know we have to in order to pass the class. We do it for the bigger picture of things.

But it is essential to know the differences in order to help narrow our focus of what we actually want to do after graduation.

Senior stress can really take way, stress for all students, especially when we realize we’ll be graduating soon, leaving our home of four years, the place that helped us become more capable little human beings. While we’re still continuing courses for our majors and others, separate what we must do for what we want to do in order to find what we’re meant to do.

Anxiety in not knowing where to go or what to do after graduation can cause added stress we already get from daily coursework and assignments. So don’t overthink it! Focus on those detailed assignment tasks we must do right now.

Don’t worry about what job you’ll get after graduation, worry about entering a career you’re not totally passionate about.

                       What we MUST do: Classes we’d not take if we had a choice


Right now we’re still in college, we’re taking a load of courses that are either broad or specific in whatever major, minor, gen ed, whatever we need in order to fill that requirement. The stress that amounts is usually because we’re nervous that we won’t do well. Truth is, we all stress a little because half of us aren’t interested in what we’re doing enough to care. We do for the sake of our grade in the course, but learning the material seems to be difficult when we realize we’re taking a course we know we must take in order to fill the requirement. All these courses are our MUSTS. For some it’s a language course, for others its writing courses, math courses, theory courses, broad overviews of lessons in our major.


                       What we WANT to do: Classes we get excited to go to


            For whatever reason, and maybe there are a multitude of reasons, we have courses we’re excited to go to every other day. Admit it or not, there are some courses we look forward to. The many reasons we like the course can include an approachable professor, likeable and outgoing, great conversation, creative assignments, we could keep going. But think about what makes those courses WANT courses. Not only are they enjoyable but we love to do the work, and we do it with enthusiasm. Finding what we actually enjoy can also help us find strengths in what we’re good at, such as that class we get excited for.


                         What we’re MEANT to do: Classes show us our strengths + passion


            Combine strengths in what we’re good at, what we enjoy doing or want to do, and find what we’re meant to do. We all have strengths, whether we are aware of them or not, there is something we all are passionate about doing, and we could see a future being paid to do what we love. This class that makes us happy may be the first stepping stone to realizing not only an area of strength, but an area we want to continue learning and build a career on.

This class we get excited for can be key in finding our strengths, what motivates us, and to do what we want to do.


Consider these differences, and combine what you want to do with what you’re good at, and somewhere in between you’ll find what you’re meant to do.


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