Exploring all the options

By Michaela Priddy Intern

July 26, 2014

“What are you going to be when you grow up?”

Those words that every child hears suddenly become even more important when you’re a college student. I hate it when I have to say, “I don’t know.”

But I do, frequently, because it’s the honest answer. I’m not the only one who faces this dilemma. Everyone does at one point of another, and my first year of college, I realized how often people change their majors because suddenly what they wanted to be isn’t right for them anymore. Typical college students change their major at least three times before graduation, so when they tell me I’ll be fine, I guess they’re right.

It still doesn’t make it any easier. I wish I could say, “Yes, I want to be this…” Instead, I’ve chosen to say: “I’m exploring my options.” Sounds much better.

It’s recommended that you explore your interests through volunteer experiences, job-shadowing, and, most important in a college student’s life, internships. That’s why I’m interning at The Grayson County News-Gazette for a few weeks this summer, before I go back to school.

Here at The Grayson County News-Gazette, I have gained experience writing news stories, interviewing, and other newspaper related business. It helps me to see how a reporter works in a small town, not to mention I’m gaining experience on my resumé. This experience may encourage me to go into a career of reporting. It’s a career I’ve been interested in for a while, since you can’t write creatively and make money at the same time unless you’re the next James Patterson or J.K. Rowling.

But that’s why I’m exploring my options. By the time I graduate, I hope to know what I’m going to be. I am eliminating certain things, like a math teacher or a bio-chemical engineer for example. But I’m also gaining new experiences and finding new possibilities with my work here at The Grayson County News-Gazette, and my college experiences.

So, I’m exploring my options, and for those who are like me and keep having to say, “I don’t know what I want to do,” just start saying, “I’m exploring my options.” Then go out there and explore.