In one of my online classes that I am taking, I have to write a reflective journal every week. I am able to write this post on my blog, and submit a link to this post as credit!
As I read the article “A Surefire Plan to Figure Out What You Really Want” by Kathy Caprino, I resonated a lot with the description of people not knowing what they want to do with their life. As I read this I become terrified all over again. Some days I wake up and I realize that I have less than a year left of my undergraduate degree, and I have no idea what I want to do after.
I entered this degree program (Education) in hopes to work with children and to enhance the quality of learning for our future generations. I also entered this degree because I need a degree to help boost my resume, as well as help me learn skills and lessons that I wouldn’t have if I didn’t have this degree.
As I am coming to the end of this degree, the more I am unsure about what I actually want to do. It starts with where I want to live. I am currently living in Seattle, Washington but I do not see this as my home. I see this as a learning and growing experience. However, my other half views this as somewhere we could grow financially and we can stay here and live comfortably.
If I stay in Seattle after I graduate, I see myself getting into the education program here and being a teacher, a counselor, a teacher’s aide, etc. I can see myself working in a school. If we move back to Hawai’i, I do not know where I see myself. I would love to teach in Hawai’i but I would need to go back to school for another year to earn my teaching certificate.
As I finish my undergraduate degree in Education, I hope to figure out what my passion is. I want to go into a job because I want to do that, not because it makes me a good amount of money. Of course money is important to me and my partner, but I want to make sure that I am earning money doing something I love. In the article, Caprino writes “Many people wake up in midlife and realize that their careers are dissatisfying and unsuccessful, and they’re so upset about it, they want to chuck the whole thing out. Don’t make that mistake” (Caprino, 2013). This is the one mistake in my life I absolutely do not want to make.
Below is the article “A Surefire Plan to Figure Out What You Really Want” by Kathy Caprino.