By Mariel | March 19, 2012
College, I’ve noticed, is a delicate balance. A balance of work and fun, of class and extra curricular, but also most importantly of living in college and living in the world after college. Your college years are without a doubt some of the best years of your life and there is absolutely nothing wrong with enjoying them. If you are not happy with your college experience, then seriously take steps right now to change that. You should be reveling in everything that your school has to offer and should be filling your time and your days with activities that you enjoy and that you believe will advance your goal in life.
However, there is a balance between enjoying yourself too much in college and not paying attention to the future. If I’ve learned anything from my three years as an undergrad it’s that it is never too early to start planning for the future. This isn’t any breaking advice. You’ve been hearing about it since you started high school. However, the twist is that what you do in the present can help you to plan for the future. There isn’t a disconnect; rather your transition from college to grad school or a career or whatever comes next for you can be seamless. This can be accomplished by making sure that what you are engaging in is something you are passionate about and helps you fulfill your life goals. I recently heard a quote that really sums it up; fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything. As long as you find your passion in life and you take steps to follow it up and you really do love it, you will be fine.
So enjoy the sunshine, follow your passions, and if you feel that you’re doing something that you really don’t or shouldn’t be doing, change it now. There is no better time than college and no better time than the present.