As the first year of my Masters comes to an end, I can’t help but think about where I started and where I’ve ended up. Not only did I uproot my entire life out of my home country, but I also landed myself into one of the most populous urban cities in the world.
It seems like just yesterday I was packing up my things and heading out into the unknown. Stuffed between a frying pan and a hard place, with my sights set on the New York City horizon, I knew I was destined for stories and adventures that would change my life forever.
So, what’s all the buzz about? This grad school thing, is it worth it? How’s New York? Is it really all it’s made out to be?
These are only a few of the questions that I seem to be getting asked as my first year comes to an end. Let me start by saying the risk was worth it. That “hard place” I mentioned, was leaving my friends and family behind. However, the outcome would be to fulfill a goal.
I found myself starting to piece together the puzzle of my life. After endless months of worrying in my last year of university about what I wanted to do, all those worries seemed to come to an end. I began to realize that all my energy and hard work was being rewarded with an
opportunity to discover a career path that I’m endlessly in love with.
Yes, you CAN love your career.
I think that’s the biggest lesson I’ve taken away, but also the biggest piece of advice I can give. We all have limited weeks. We all have a life where we can choose to either make the most of what we’ve been given, or just let life take its course.
I say: go work your ass off.
Make a goal and fail at it. Choose another goal and fail at that one too. You know why? Because when you happen to stumble upon that one goal, where you’d be willing to do anything to fulfill it, THAT’S when you’ll know that you’re where you’re supposed to be.
Stop listening to all the people who tell you that you can’t do something. I can’t count the
number of professors who told me that my writing would get me nowhere. Now, I’m thanking them for making me work harder. Prove everyone wrong. Make a mistake. Who cares! When it’s all said and done, make sure that you’re happy and that you’ve chosen a path that was meant for you.
Be willing to push your limits. Step outside your comfort zone and into unknown territory. It pays to be uncomfortable because you’re learning something new. We have a chance to make our life how we’ve always imagined it to be. Now take that dream and put everything that you’ve got into it. Go work for the life you want to live.