What Do I Do With the Rest of my Life?

I believe this is a question everyone, whether a college student or not, has asked themselves at some point. It’s a question college students are expected to have an answer for even though we have our entire lives ahead of us. I came to Wilson as an animal studies major, but what exactly can I do with that major that will make me happy the rest of my life?
In thinking about this huge question, here’s why I’ve landed: no one has to know what they’re doing with the rest of their life.

That is an unrealistic expectation. You change and grow as a person, which is wonderful in its own way! How can we be expected to know and stay directly on the path we’re going when life is full of twists and new roads?

Second, you gotta try new things! Tastes change and life gets boring after doing the same thing over and over again. So, as I’ve said probably a hundred other times in my blog posts, try something new! If you think you have an interest in something then go for it! You’ll never know exactly how you feel about something until you experience it. Don’t let your anxieties or the judgement of others get in the way. Do what makes you happy!

The reason I am emphasizing this is because I recently learned about a program here at Wilson and it caught my interest.

My first year seminar professor, Dr. [Theresa] Hoover, asked me if I had thought about pursuing environmental science as my major because she has seen me write two or three papers about the environment and remarked that I am very passionate about it. She mentioned to me that there is a 3+1 program at Wilson where I can get my bachelor’s degree here from Wilson in three years and spend my senior year at Vermont Law School earning a master’s degree.

I was astounded that this kind of opportunity exists and it seems so perfect for me. I applied to University of Vermont my junior year in high school and absolutely fell in love with it, but decided I should stay closer to home and came to Wilson. So, I can stay at Wilson, which I have also fallen in love with, for three years then and then go to another gorgeous place is mind blowing to me. I have never thought about studying environmental law, but with that degree I could advocate for the environment and animal care on a whole new level.

Now, will I necessarily get into the school or program? Who knows. Will I still want to stand up for our earth in ten years? I certainly hope so, but only time will tell. What’s important is I’m seizing an opportunity that I would not have if I had kept to my normal routine.  It’s scary to make a commitment like this when I don’t know where exactly it will lead, but that’s the whole point of college. I didn’t know how volleyball would be and it turned out to be the best!

So I encourage all of you to keep pushing ahead and pursue what you love when opportunities arise. Even if there is a little glimmer of curiosity in you, go for it! You never know how wonderful it will be until you try. Have a lovely week and thank you for reading our blog!

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Hometown: Washington Grove, Maryland High School: Gaithersburg High School Major: Animal Studies Hobbies: Painting, Gardening, Environmental Care, Camping Favorite Books: The Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld Favorite Movies: Hairspray and The Princess Bride

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