Editor’s Corner: Allow yourself to explore other options Reply

Allison Nekola – Co-Editor-in-Chief

At a certain age we’re told to be whomever and whatever we want when we grow up. Some of us knew our passions since our youth while others struggled along the path of life, trying new things and experimenting with interests to form into potential careers.

Having a plan is smart. It’s satisfying to formulate, calculate the possible outcomes of your life and follow through, but not always. What happens when you find your passion at age 13, follow your dreams until after college only to realize the road you walked isn’t leading to what you want?

Take it from me, someone who changed majors four times before completely realizing my love for journalism. As a young child, I wanted to be Editor-in- Chief of a magazine among other things such as Broadway actress and elementary school teacher.

Broadway actress was a stretch though I’m told my voice is perfect for belting show tunes, and it turns out I would rather lock myself away than run a classroom of 20 or so children. I was lucky I put these dreams on hold without realizing I may come back to one of the three.

I explored other options and though I applied to Lasell as a fashion major, in the back of my mind was still unsure if it was for me. After searching through courses, bound to endless lectures, I tried conjuring the same passion in my peers’ and other professionals’ voices as they spoke to me about the rest of their lives.

I bounced from fashion merchandising to hospitality and event management to marine biology and somehow landed in a Media Ethics class that sparked the rebirth of my passion for writing, editing, reporting, and becoming the editor of my own publication.

Every time I rejected a major, I was apprehensive. Starting over again and again, taking risk after risk, triggered insecurity and I feared my quest would never cease.

Without 100 percent faith and investment in a specific career, even if it was one I planned for my whole life or a measly six months, I was not content. But every time I revised departments, advisors, professors I knew the risk was worth taking.

Risks are intimidating. Taking a risk, which affects your whole life, is no easy task. No matter the circumstance though there is always time to start over. You have the power to leave what you thought you wanted behind and begin again from scratch.

After three semesters of six courses each to catch up on credits and required courses, I’d be lying if I said there were no consequences. It’s hard work; believe me. But the best reward is, even if I’m going at a slower pace than others and if I changed my path before or decide to change it in the future, I will be satisfied. I will trust my instincts and ultimately achieve the career I want and goals I set.

You don’t need to know exactly who you are or where you’re going at this point in life. Take this time at Lasell to explore yourself and every possible outcome capable of making you happy.

If you don’t know exactly where you’re going I’m right there next to you, but we will reach the finish line one day. As much as we all want to believe the path we chose is the right one, that our progress is better than someone a step behind, the truth is everyone gets where they need to go at their own pace and in their own time.

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