We've passed the half-way mark of this semester and everything couldn't be in a more awkward position. I am happy and excited to see my academic goals finally reaching an end, but it is frightening to realize that soon the entire world will be open to us.
Now, what is so scary about having the world open to us? Is it that we are left to the open with no real sense of direction? Or maybe, is it the fact that we will successfully complete our undergrad education just to realize we still don't know what we want to do with our lives? No matter what the case is; the reality is that endless opportunities are at our reach.
Getting back to my present reality. It has been a crazy semester full of new opportunities and disappointments. I have a full load of classes which does not help when you are trying to secure a job. In addition, the stress of complying with all the other duties is being really playing a role in my overall performance. I feel like I've been trying to give 100% to everything I am suppose to do, that at the end nothing was getting enough attention.
Here is where the lesson of my post relays. As part of my professional development I decided to participate in the Alumni Mentoring Program at Westminster College. The program is center around providing meaningful opportunities for current students as they learned from alumni. We also enjoy monthly meetings where we focus on a given topic. During our October meeting the theme was priorities; I realized how important is to give time and effort to the things that matter the most TODAY. Let me give you a good example of this, over the past 2 months I emphasize in finding a way to score a job interview at a large multinational financial company that happen to have a large operation center in Salt Lake City. Anyway, I invest so much time and effort attending to open houses, receptions, and dinners that my performance in classes really started to decline a bit. At the end I was able to interview for a full time position, but I wish I had pay more attention to my classes and a little less to the company. Simply because the company will take their own decision and I can't do anything more to influence said decision; while my grades and academic performance are completely up to me.
That was a hard thing for me to learn. I am glad I did learn my lesson, but I wish I didn't have to learn it this way. Now I am chasing myself trying to catch up with my classes and homework assignments. Overall, I believe it has been a great semester; but as mentioned before, as the end of the academic year get closer, the time to move forward with my life does too.
I wish y'all have a great end of semester! Take it easy during finals and remember to have some healthy fun. There is no need to rush anything!