Whether to a green high school graduate blandishing their dipolma or an older soul back in the classroom for the challenge of balancing a career and classes, choosing to go to college is choosing time. Time to explore, to really sit down and think 'what do I want to do?'
There are many people, many successful people, who throw themselves into the work force or enlistment and charge straight on in their careers. But, then there is the choice to expand one's horizons and to learn not only about American history and Calculus, but about their own passions. I was asked once if I have ever swithched my major or if others often do. Well, while I figure out what path to take since my roadblock, I have had to put a lot of thought into...well, the rest of my life. This is not by any means, dear Class of 2016, that you must decide RIGHT NOW. You have time. Personally, I fell into the perfect major for me and have not switched but many (many, many) people have and do all the time. Don't be afraid to explore a little, this is what college is about. Curious by nature, I love asking questions. I love meeting new people and uncovering answers that prove me wrong. I love writing and radio, editing video clips and staying up all night just to find the perfect word to close out my article. I love sitting in hour long interviews and having my story 'ripped apart' in a single edit.
I know that this is what I want to be a part of when I graduate here. Where will that diploma in Communications with a Criminal Justice minor take me? I do not know....but hopefully everywhere. I think my favorite part of my niche at NU is getting to meet so many different people with so many different perspectives. I am constantly being enlightened and led through the blindness of youth to the light of reality. It's amazing to see one issue from the perspective of a student, then to see the truth behind it as it comes down the chain of command.
I encourage everyone to open their eyes! Go talk to people (try my passion on for size if you want something new) and see what you want to study. I know why I love my passion, do you?
C/CPL Ari Eaton