Natalie Kfoury – Co-editor-in-chief
When I was eight years old, I was going to grow up and become a racehorse jockey. Never mind the fact that I had never been on a horse and that my parents weren’t planning on having me saddle up anytime soon. I really thought that I was going to win the Kentucky Derby someday.
Fast-forward 11 years and I have no plans of becoming a jockey. I have ridden a horse maybe two times in my life and let’s just say that I don’t have the makings of a Triple Crowner.
What’s the point of all this? You’re probably wondering if I am just going to whine about how I never got to race horses for a living like my naive eight-year-old self thought I would. Please stay with me here; there is a lesson in all this madness.
The professional jockey stage of my life didn’t last long and I found myself in high school—where so many others do— completely clueless about what I wanted to do with my life. I knew I was a good writer, but I had no idea where I wanted to go with it.
Through various English teachers, I developed my writing and eventually wandered onto the path of journalism. I haven’t wandered out of it yet. Even though I wanted to be a natural at all aspects of the field, I eventually realized that was pretty much an impossible task. I had to really work at it.
I threw myself into it. I worked hard and I have been working hard since that fateful day in high school when I committed myself to the newspaper program. I have spent countless nights bettering myself by fretting over a piece, deleting it, and rewriting it.
What I want our readers to take away from this is to apply themselves, wherever that area may be. To step outside their comfort zone and try something new. Something that interests them but also may frighten them because they are afraid to fail.
Try something different. Expand your horizons and your set of skills. Not only will you gain insight into different abilities that you have, you will also be seeking the most out of life. College is about trying new things, developing yourself, and experiencing the most you can. Take advantage of it. If you do not apply yourselves, you might leave college wishing you had done more with your time here. Avoid those regrets.
Maybe I should have applied myself to the task of being a jockey when I was eight, but, if I had done that, would I be where I am now and as happy as I am today? Probably not. While I never achieved the goal I had as a kid, I am achieving the goals I have set for myself going into adulthood. I am on the path to something good here. And, at this point, I’m just excited to see where it ends up.