On Finding Your People and Growing Your Passions

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When I tell people I am an English major, the first question out of many people’s lips is ‘what are you going to do with that?’

Honestly, I don’t know the answer to that question. Usually, I laugh it off with my tales of living as a failing writer. That seems far simpler than telling them the 101 things that I want to do with my degree.

I’m lucky enough to be taking a degree that introduces a new path to me at every turn. I’m lucky enough to be studying subjects that I love. I’m lucky enough to be at a university that constantly introduces me to exciting people that make me want to learn.

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Sometimes, it’s easy to forget that. Amongst the constant pressure to find a career and ‘figure it out’, I’d almost let myself lose that giddy smile I get when I find a new word that just perfectly sums something up or finally get something I’ve been grappling with for days. I love learning. I love writing. I took a couple of trips to London recently and they’ve just reaffirmed that in my mind. The first visit was to meet my lovely Click ladies and I left bursting with inspiration.

This was only heightened after spending two days with the lovely folks at The Writer on their Word Experience course. I loved every second that I spent in that office. Surrounded by word lovers and hearing how others have utilised their passions filled me with such hope for the future that I’m still thriving on it now.

Something astounding happens when you find your people. The passion you have grows tenfold as it is nurtured by those around you. No dream is too big, no plan too bold.

The truth is I still don’t know what I want to do after graduation but I do know that there are plenty of things that I want to try in the meantime. I know what I care about. I know what it is that wakes me up at 3am. I am also lucky enough to have some amazing people in my life that encourage these passions.

And that makes the not-knowing so much easier.

Kelly x

2 thoughts on “On Finding Your People and Growing Your Passions

  1. That is SO RUDE. Surely hardly anybody goes into university with a career plan mapped out (and I say this as somebody who did a law degree with no intention of ever becoming a lawyer)? It is all about the connections that you make, and the experiences you have, and how you apply those to your eventual chosen career. Sounds like you’ve got it nailed, girl.

    Lis / last year’s girl x

    1. Haha thanks Lis! I’m not sure why people seem to expect people to have a career plan in their teenage years anyways… xx

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