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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at SBU chapter.

As the New Year is starting, everyone is creating goals on what to change for the sake of themselves. This goal that I am about to give is mainly for those who are graduating college or are looking for a new job. Do it for passion, not for money. 

Let me give you a scenario. You have two people waking up to go to work. One loves their job while the other hates it. The one who hates their job does not like what they are doing. They are unhappy, but it pays a lot of money. Now, the person who loves their job is always active in the workplace, their co-workers love them and although they are not getting paid a lot at first, they always put in the effort to produce high-quality work.  

In an article by Gallup called “Global Study Reveals Most Workers Enjoy What They Do,” a survey was constructed, stating those who enjoy their work are also more likely to be thriving in their lives. These results showed over 37% of workers have a positive outlook on their lives just because they love what they do. It has always been said that those who put in the work will benefit from it. 

There is also the argument that money can buy you happiness, which is understandable. Shopping, for many people, can be viewed as therapeutic because individuals buy themselves wonderful things to make themselves feel better. Whether that be clothes, makeup, or food, shopping is viewed as a form of self-care. But is it worth buying all these things for yourself if you are receiving this money by being at a place that does not make you happy? 

When I was looking for a job on my college campus, all I thought about was the money. I wanted to use that money to help my mother pay for my college funds. Luckily enough, I found a job here on campus that not only gives me a decent paycheck but also makes me happy to be there all the time and to put in the time and effort into my work.  

So, if you go into the bathroom mirror and look at yourself and say, “I am not happy with where I am right now,” change it. If you believe that you are miserable all the time because of your job, then maybe that job is not right for you. At the end of the day, it should never be about what people want you to do. It is about what you want to be.  

Olivia Francis is a first-year member of the Her Campus at SBU chapter. She oversees the site’s culture, entertainment, and wellness verticals on the site, including mental health, relationships, TV shows, and movie coverage. Olivia is currently a first-year student majoring in Communications, Social Justice & Advocacy at St. Bonaventure University. Beyond Her Campus, Olivia has been published in many anthropologies over the years through an organization called Young Writers. In her free time, Olivia enjoys writing poetry and short stories, along with taking walks while listening to her favorite music genres on Spotify such as Pop or R&B. One of her goals is to travel the world someday and explore new foods and customs. An interesting fact about Olivia is she is not only the first college gen student but, she is the first female in her family to go for a higher education.