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I’m not sure when my classmates all became so successful in their own ventures, but one day I looked around and it seemed like I was the only one who didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do, or even how to get a foot in the door (any door, it didn’t matter which).

All around me, people are working to graduate early, releasing new singles and EPs, interning at the coolest places and basically just looking like they’ve got their entire college path on track.

I’ll admit it: I got sucked into thinking that I wasn’t where I was supposed to be, especially compared to where everyone else around me was. I started to resent my retail job because the line of work I’m currently in isn’t where I want to be in the future. I didn’t want to admit I was taking any general education classes because everyone else had already done dual enrollment and were well on their way to finishing up classes for their majors. I felt stunted in my creative endeavors because everyone else was so far ahead of me in terms of success.

The truth is, everyone works at their own pace, even if it seems like the people around you are light-years ahead. And everyone (and I do mean everyone) has their own struggles when it comes to where they want to be, what kind of life they want to have, and how hard they need to work to get where they’re going.

I have to trust that where I am right now is exactly where I’m supposed to be and that everything is going to work out eventually. Everything has a process, and if I’m working at making each day a good one for myself (even when it comes to working retail and studying for that bio test), I’m going to be successful no matter what. 

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Lucy Pekovich

Belmont '21

Lucy is a sophomore English major at Belmont University. She moved to Nashville from Boise, Idaho in 2017 and has yet to find someone who appreciates country music as much as she does. She’s into poetry, red velvet cookie dough and long walks on the beach.
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