In my final semester of college, I’m taking my capstone course for my Certificate in Leadership Studies: Leadership and Complexity. In this class, we take an in depth look at many advanced leadership theories while analyzing leadership experiences and personal identity. The class challenges students to understand creating positive, sustainable change in modern day society.
One of the assignments for the class was to write a paper in regards to adaptive challenges. In class, we had the opportunity to peer review and provide feedback to our classmates in regards to their papers and theories. One of the papers I read was about the cycle with college students. She wrote about how college students often compromise their own happiness when finding a job.
Her paper really got me thinking. Why are college graduates so focused on finding a well paying job and overlooking the value of discovering something that makes them happy? It’s important that we find what will make us happy because we will be able to understand ourselves as individuals and how we can have a greater impact on society. By following your passions, you’re fulfilling your purpose. This can play an incredible role in the success of our world. Look beyond the price tag on a job, a certain city, the taxes, etc. Look at the happiness and fulfillment that you will gain out of life.
Follow your heart and remember to take the road less traveled. In the words of the famous Kid President, “This is your time. This is my time. This is our time. We could make every day better for each other. If we’re all on the same team, let’s start acting like it. We got work to do.”
This blog post was written by Caitlin Pfaff, our Campus Ambassador from Florida State University.