Life planning

Life is full of trying to figure things out.

What classes am I going to take? What do I want to major in? How am I going to prepare myself for the real world? What kind of person do I want to be?

Nothing is cut and dry. There are always more questions behind those questions and there are always obstacles along the way. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut, to keep living in the same routine without really knowing what you’re working toward.

But something I’ve learned recently is that if you keep working hard, doing what you need to do, and being who you are, you’ll find the answers—maybe not over night and definitely not all at once, but the answers will come.

One day you’re pushing repeat on your daily routine, and the next, you have a plan.

It’s that time of year. Seniors are getting ready to graduate and facing the looming prospect of entering the real world. Even as a junior, graduation seems like it’s right around the corner and it’s scary.

Not that I’m the person to be giving career advice, because I’m still a student, but I’m at the point now where I’m coming out of a rut and I have a plan.

Over the past six months or so, I’ve done a lot of thinking and self evaluating. It’s important to know yourself—your strengths and weaknesses—before you can come up with that plan.

As a journalist, I’m not as in tune with social media and the Internet as I’d like to be, so I decided to go for an internship that would help me with that and make me more well rounded.

But career moves aren’t the only thing that you need to figure out. You need to figure out what makes you tick and what kind of person you want to bring into your career for everyone to see.

I’ve always over thought things. Sometimes it’s been a blessing and sometimes it’s been a curse, but it’s always been a huge part of who I am.

I realize that this quality has caused me to be self conscious, always worrying that I’m saying the wrong thing or that I’m not really getting my point across.

I know that I’m probably not the only one who thinks like this, so I’ve decided that I’m going to try to be more open, to be the person I am when I’m around the people I feel the most comfortable with.

I think I come across to people who don’t know me well as reserved and too serious, but in reality, I’m nerdy and goofy. I enjoy poking fun at everyday things, relating life to a T.V. show, and breaking out into song at random moments.

If you’re at the supermarket and they’re playing some rad elevator music, why not move to its super corny rhythm. You’re taking something boring and mundane, like grocery shopping, and making it fun.

If you see someone that looks like Larry David walking down the street, give him a soundtrack by humming the Curb Your Enthusiasm theme.

And if you get an annoying song stuck in your head, share the love and make sure it’s in everyone else’s head.

This op-ed might seem a little jumbled and all over the place, but I guess the point is there are always going to be things to figure out.

But if you can figure out how to use what you know about yourself to advance your career, the type of person you want to be, and how to make life funny and enjoyable, you’re on the right track.