My daydreams are often comprised of thoughts about the future. My hopes, aspirations, and expectations; a real-life Pinterest board of possibilities awaits me once I drift off into this alternate – and yet attainable – reality.
However, these aren’t real, not just yet. I have to settle back into the reality that I know to be true. I’m a senior at Albion College, charged with writing a thesis, applying to law school, and maintaining my grades. All while remembering to sleep and take my vitamins.
I’m taking the necessary steps for my dreams to become my reality.
We’re in the same place right now, you and me. We’re both seniors. We may not share the same path, visions, passions or hobbies, but we both have the same thing in mind: Our Futures.
So, tell me. What does your future look like?
Start outlining your dream life:
- What does “Dream You” do? What is your job? What are your hobbies?
- How does “Dream You” get places? By car, bus, or train?
- What does “Dream You” do for fun?
- How far does “Dream You” want to be away from family?
- What kind of friends does “Dream You” have?
Isn’t it exciting?
Senior year will feel like a broken record when it comes to your future. You’ll be asked what you want to be, where you want to go, and what scores you got in order to make that possible. You may not know the answers to any of these questions yet, and that’s okay, but it’s about time to start thinking about how you’re going to turn the visions you have for “Dream You” into a reality.
“How do I know where to start?”
Well, I’m so glad you asked! It may sound silly, but you just START. You need to start caring, start talking, start Googling information, but more importantly, start talking to your High School Counselor or College Specialist. They will help steer you in the right direction.
“What do I ask my High School Counselor?”
Your college experience will help you grow into the best version of yourself – the person you’re going to be after you graduate. This person is “Dream You”. Notice what I did here? When you talk to your counselor, tell them the visions you have for “Dream You” and they will help you translate them into a college setting that will best-fit you.
To put it into context, take this fun, little quiz to see what college best fits your preferences: https://www.qzzr.com/c/quiz/227355/seeing-your-future
Your counselor will be able to help you with the application process, and better yet, a college counselor will be able to help you navigate the waters. There will be applications, fees, the FAFSA, deadlines, and a myriad of other pieces you’ll need to fit together, and keep organized, to complete your college application process. Just take it day by day, and don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Amidst the long days and sleepless nights, remember your “Dream You”. Escape into your mind and visit that person again. Experience the passions that motivate you to become your reach your goals, what pushes you to go further and try harder. Take charge. Instead of being “so busy today”, be “focused on your future”.
Above all, keep dreaming, be true to yourself, and have fun in your Senior Year. Your dreams can become a reality.