It’s that time again, school is back in session and everyone is hitting the books and trying to adjust to their new schedules. As my 4th year is swinging into gear I unfortunately am not participating in the excitement of everyone else with finally reaching senior year of undergrad. As only few know, I recently changed my major to studying social work. I do not regret my decision at all for I am so very happy that I have finally found my passion and what I want to sustain as my future career, even if it did take me this long to figure it out. With this being said, I still have one more year left in store for me before I completely finish my undergraduate degree at UWM. Although, I will not be graduating with some of my friends I have been so close with for the past several years here in Milwaukee, I know the decisions to follow my own dreams is what is most important.
Society often makes us feel like we always have to be in a rush to figure things out. When we were 18, we were expected to find a decent college to attend and finish our degrees in 4 years. But what the world never really tells us is how to make ourselves happy and why doing life at our own pace is totally okay. It took a long time for me to realize how important my future was and how I was the only one that was in charge of what came about it. It is such a great feeling that I finally feel confident in my own career and path to success and whether that takes someone 4 years or 6 years, it shouldn’t make a difference.
Although I do feel slightly sad about not graduating on time, I am so happy for all of my friends who have worked hard these past 3 years and, of course, for myself. Just because it takes someone longer to get to where they want to be in life, doesn’t make them any less successful. I came in proud to be part of the class of 2018 and I am even prouder to be part of the class of 2019. I have learned so much about myself these past several years here at UWM and I can’t wait to kick 4 years butt and finally reach the goals I am have been working on for so long.