Chasing your dreams? You’re probably thinking Katie—are you five years old?
Maybe I’m crazy, but college has made my once-called dreams into my soon-to-be future. And when I hear someone is studying something they have absolutely no interest in, I can’t help but tell them what I’m about to tell you. I am not a journalism major because I’ll be making good money (clearly), or because I am simply talented at it. I am a journalism major because I fall deeply in love with the words on a paper and feel a whole lot of passion every time I talk about it. I am a journalism major because I have a future awaiting that will allow me to transform my dreams into my everyday life.
Attending a school that is solely known for it’s phenomenal engineering program, I think you can assume my major isn’t of those in the spotlight. I can’t count on two hands how many times I have heard the negative responses and feedback people have received from simply saying they are of the handful of liberal art majors. I have even experienced it first handedly with my own relatives!
What in the world are you going to do with a journalism degree?
My response to that? I am going to chase my dreams until they are no longer dreams. I am going to work for what gives me passion even if it means being tight with money. I am not going to study for four years of my life that will only look good on a resume or sound prestigious to others; I am going to do something that I can look back on with eyes reflecting pure passion and hope.
Don’t let your dreams become the opinions of those around you. Those are not your dreams, they are theirs. Dreams are what you hope to achieve. And when you stop chasing dreams of others and start chasing dreams of your own, they won’t just be dreams.
They’ll be your future.