Today, we dive into the future. Something I’ve been thinking about a lot recently are long term goals, goals I have in my life for the upcoming years. I know this may not be interesting to everybody but it’s interesting to me so I’m going to write about it anyway. Now you may be asking why a 19 year old who isn’t even halfway through college is setting post graduation goals, and I’ll just tell you right now that I don’t have an answer for this. I’m sure this is a topic Brendan will love to write about considering I’m pretty sure just about everyone who knows he’s graduating has probably asked him if he knows what he wants to do post-graduation.
I guess I should just start out with the goal of graduating college. Now, I know having a degree isn’t required to be happy and successful but I’m almost halfway through school and I want something to show for the work I’ve done and will continue to do over the next couple of years. Beyond that, I just want to keep learning and for me that’s harder to do if I’m not in a classroom
I want to live abroad for an extended period of time, work abroad if possible. After studying abroad for just one semester, I’ve obviously caught the travel bug. But in all seriousness, I seem to have discovered an interest in learning about cultures that are different than my own. And the only way to learn is to live, hence the desire to live abroad. I suppose I’ve already sort of got plans for this since I’m plotting to go abroad for all of my junior year but I don’t really count this because I have to come home for most of December and January in between (at least that’s the current plan). Regardless, living in a place you spent the majority of your life loses its fun when you’ve spent time living elsewhere in the world. Italy and the Netherlands are in sight currently, but personally I’d like to go somewhere that’s not in Western Europe, probably Russia since that’s the language I’m learning over the summer. I always knew I didn’t want to stay in NJ when looking for jobs, but after studying in Italy I thought I’d take that a step further and look at places oceans away.
I want to have a decent job and be able to support myself.. ambitious I know. But honestly, the older I get, the more scared I am of being that person that lives with their parents until their 30 and I really don’t think I have the mental strength to hand that.
Someday.. not soon I hope to go to graduate school. After I graduated from high school, I found the desire to learn more and keep learning, something that seemed to be sucked out of my when I was going through high school. But now I just can never seem to know enough about anything. Seriously, just ask my mom, I text her or FaceTime her with the most obscure questions about literally anything on my mind. I hope to find a passion that I can’t stop learning about and get a Master’s degree someday.
Last but certainly most cliché, I want to be happy with wherever I end up. At 19 years old, I’ve dealt with an overwhelming amount of struggles. My biggest goal most important thing I want out of life it to be happy with where I got and where I came from.
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