I feel semi productive that I was able to write both posts and schedule them back to back. I always get frustrated with cliff hangers on blogs that last for 2-3 weeks. I know patience is a virtue but it is a virtue I am not blessed with. My lack of patience is actually important with this post though.
Here is part 1 of my college growth.
My final semester of college I spent interning full time at a health office in Oswego. Then I was hired there. (Spending close to another year in Upstate, NY). Long story short I fully enjoyed my job at Oswego. It had everything I learned from community health courses, great coworkers, it was what I wanted to be doing, close to Syracuse, Rochester..ect. I made a lot of friends there. I hated the cold and weather but that had nothing to do with my job. There was obviously one large part of my life missing from Oswego and that was my long term boyfriend. I would be lying if I didn’t say that was 95% I moved.
Until roughly May of 2013, I thought I had my life completely figured out. After making the executive decision not to stay in Oswego I moved home with my parents for the summer while Tim finished up most of pilot training.
I planned to spend the summer either interning at a health center or working. I ended up working two jobs to save money to move to Texas (neither having to do with my community health major in college!). Last summer I felt as though my college career was again a waste. I was working jobs I probably could have done without a college degree. They were just that…jobs to pay bills. I knew once the summer was over I would be moving down to Texas and finding a job similar to Oswego.
So I thought anyways.
Sadly the area I moved in Texas didn’t have those jobs available and I certainly didn’t know what I wanted if those weren’t options. The closest community college was 2.5 hours away and it’s obvious I don’t even like five minutes of driving.
I knew two things about my community health degree and possible job choices. I didn’t want to work in a hospital and I didn’t want to work with babies.
Past that I had absolutely no idea and it stressed me out. (In fact it still stresses me out). Here I am a year out of college and I couldn’t tell you my exact dream job. Since my stay in Texas was short lived (6 weeks) it wasn’t feasible for me to find a temporary job let alone a full time job. (Thank you working all summer).
While I lived in Texas I began to think about my future and my thoughts about pursuing a job when I moved to NJ. What did I want to do? Apply to a college and work on campus like Oswego? Work at the Red Cross? Work at a nursing home? I had no idea…all of those jobs interested me.
Since this previous summer I have grown even more. This past summer though I still worked, I had no idea what I wanted to do the rest of my life. It worried me. It frightened me. It still frightens me. Do I have to make an executive decision of my career choice right at this very moment? No. I have to find a job that I currently enjoy doing and pays bills.
It seems we are asked the “what do you want to be when you grow up” question since we can talk. I’ve gone from marine biologist to zoologist, teacher to community health worker. How do we ever know exactly what we are destined to do? I have thought a lot about the definition of successful and happy. What makes you successful? Having a job from the major you chose in college? Making enough money to pay the bills? Being happy?
My personal opinion is that being successful comes from doing something you enjoy, not stressed and being financially stable. Whether that takes you in a completely different route from where you originally started then it does.
I wish college had prepared me for that. I wish someone in college had said there is a chance even after four years of classes you won’t know what you want to do. You still won’t have it figured out when we hand you (mail you) your diploma. You will never have all the answers in your life. Do not stress about it and you will find the answer eventually.
Spoiler: Incase you wondered now (and I owe a post about Jersey) but I am happier right now then I have ever have been.
Question for you: How do you define being successful?