Growing up I always had to do certain things in my mind. When I was little, I had to be a teacher. I would take all my stuffed animals, line them up in front of me, and teach them lessons about whatever an eight year old found important. Then one day I realized there are so many other paths I could go down. So, I let go of having to be something and broadened my dreams.
When I was in elementary school I had to move back to Knoxville, Tennessee when I grew up. That was my home after all… or was it. I would always sob driving away from Tennessee, playing dramatic music, and staring out the window. I thought I would never be happy living anywhere else. Then one day I realized that there are so many places out there that could become my home. So, I let go of Knoxville and decided to make my adventure bigger.
When I was in eight grade I had to go to William and Mary for college. Every single one of my friends were going to go there (haha) and the Cheese Shop was calling my name. I belonged there and was prepared to stress myself out the rest of High School just so I could 100% get in. Then one day I realized that I didn’t belong there, and it was not my destiny. So, I let go of William and Mary and looked into other futures.
When I was in high school, I had to have my two best friends for the rest of my life. We would go everywhere together, tell each other everything, and I felt like I would never connect with anyone else the same. Leaving for college I knew that we would stay close. Then one day I realized that sometimes the ones you love most can disappoint you the worse. So, I let go of those friendships and knew that there were better connections for me out there.
Now I am in college. Going into college, for the first time in my life, I had absolutely no idea of what I wanted to be. I have got to say it was a little awkward having to tell everyone that I was undecided, but this time I did not want to have to do something right away. Sadly, since I am so passionate about a variety of things, I fell in love with a million different subjects and found myself wanted a concrete idea of my future again. This need for structure caused me to become a communication major with a public relations concentration. Since then I have fallen in love with the communication field and Bluestone Communications has allowed me to explore what my life would be like as a public relations employee. The opportunity to actually test out a passion of mine has been incredible. However, it has also taught me that it is okay to want to learn about other forms of communication as well and really explore my options.
That is why I can now proudly say that I have found love for public relations, but have decided to switch to a generalist as a way to allow myself to find even more passions that I might have. I believe that it is important for people to know that they don’t always have to have everything planned out and that there are so many paths they can go down. College is the perfect place to explore this and I hope every college student will take this opportunity to allow themselves to find their passions and do what they love.