Planning for the Present

Plenty of students come into college with a crystal clear psychic vision of their future. They know where they want to end up, what kind of work they want to do, and the course they envision their life taking. These powerful future leaders of America have their suits lined up in their closets and their portfolios ready to present at a moment’s notice. You might call them ambitious; you might call them the Drake business school. Then there’s the kids like me. We know where we are now and that we want to get somewhere, but can barely envision what we’ll have for dinner tonight, much less the next few years.

Some might call this lifestyle short sighted or unfocused, but what good would I be as an English major if I couldn’t use rhetoric to manipulate the labels of my own life? See, I view us as open learners, flexible, and investigative as we take in the full breadth of the collegiate learning experience. And yes, that may sound like a painfully sincere commercial for the liberal arts, but it’s nonetheless true. Because in some way or another, we are all figuring out the future and our part in it. Some Drake students work to follow the plans they’ve laid out for the next 10 years, whereas others of us take it 10 minutes at a time.

The great thing about going through this process at Drake is that both methods are just fine. We each have our pathways and resources to help us develop. So while my more job- driven friends attend career fairs and mock interviews, I can take a class about Leonardo da Vinci and spend my time having discussions about literary theory. And it’s not that Drake doesn’t want us all to be prepared for our futures, it’s just that they realize we’ll all have different ways of getting there. So one of these days, I will pull together some kind of plan, but for now, I’m gonna take it step by step. And maybe I’ll have pasta for dinner.

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