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College Chat: Zeroing In On the Future

Toward the mid-way point of senior year, I find myself looking at my life and putting everything in its place. I have an amazing family, great friends, and a lot of hobbies and preferences. The problem, at this point, is putting them in order of priority and deciding what to do next.

Choosing a career path isn’t easy for anyone. In fact, coming out of college, being able to choose is not even an easy task, because there are so few jobs to be found!

Some of my friends already had job offers from their summer internships. They liked me where I worked, but we all knew that Wall Street big business was not my perfect fit. I sat around with my friends a few times, imbibing and discussing what the future could hold for each of us. My roommate accepted her offer at Bank of America as the rest of us desperately started to fill out applications for any entry-level job we could get our hands on. After scrambling around for a few weeks, I realized that priorities were what the decision came down to.

The beginning was surprisingly easy. My first priority is my little sister—she is just starting high school, and I want my future to be somewhere close enough that I can visit home and take pictures of her and her “charming” date before prom. Not everybody is as lucky to have a sister as great as mine, and those who are so often don’t realize what they have… I don’t plan on making that mistake. That puts my dream job within 6 hours of good ole’ Yorktown.

My next priority is service. I want to help people and make their lives better. That being said, I also want to have electricity and heat in my apartment. Therefore, I had to find a job where I got paid to help people better their lives— somewhere where I could have a symbiotic relationship with my clients, each benefiting from the other’s help.

Symbiotic. The word got me thinking. Where did I learn it? Somewhere in the depths of seventh grade biology, that term stuck in my head and has been floating around ever since, along with all the other knowledge that I have been so lucky to grasp during my many years of quality education.

Fast forward several months and read my bio at the end of this article. Life is all about the choices you make and the paths you take, and I find myself feeling quite lucky to have such good options.

Ellen Ring is a Yorktown native finishing her senior year at Villanova University where she is pursuing degrees in English, Chinese and Writing and Rhetoric. She is looking forward to teaching secondary biology in Washington D.C. next year with Teach For America and providing her readers with her great college tales in the meantime.

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