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95 days.

95 days until the end of my four years of college. Is this real?

I remember the last month of the summer after my senior year in high school. I had a countdown going then too — a countdown to the day I was going to move to Austin to start the next chapter of my life. It seems like yesterday!

I remember when I was merely 15 years old and all I wanted to do was turn 16, get my license and drive myself around. I vocalized it to my parents quite frequently, and they always told me the same thing — that time proceeds to pass faster and faster with every year that goes by. At the time, I’d roll my eyes, because geez, 9th grade seemed like it was never going to end!

Well, here I am! I have my first job interview next week (ahh!) with a Dallas agency, I’m heading to NYC again over spring break to (hopefully) do job interviews there,  and I only have 3 more tests left… ever. Those are words I definitely thought I’d never say.

So over the next 95 days,

I want to enjoy the time I have with my friends, experience things around Austin that I have yet to do over the past few years, and soak up as much knowledge as the University of Texas will allow me to in my remaining time.

And a word to the younger ones out there (especially my sisters!) — don’t take a second of what’s given to you for granted… Experience everything you can and soak it up! And just because time flies doesn’t mean you don’t have the time to do every single thing that you want to!

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Today I realized that I have been keeping up with this blog for a little bit over a year, so I took the time to look back at some of the first posts that I had written. I look at myself through this blog a year ago, and I remember how confused I was — about my futures, my goals… myself.

On January 2, 2011, I wrote a post entitled “2011: The Year I Got My Life in Order.” I set one New Years resolution for myself:

decide what I want in life and get motivated to make it happen

Personally, I think I did damn good.

A year ago, I had just gotten rejected from Texas Creative, the original reason I had become an advertising major, I was frantically searching for a last-minute internship, and considering switching my major to Public Relations. Hence the resolution.

But this year I applied and was accepted into the TexasMedia program, travelled to London to work a summer internship, and took a trip to New York City, where I networked with 4 agencies in hopes of securing a full time job come post-grad.

now I’m not really sure where the next year will take me.

2011 was definitely a year that has shaped my future. 2012 will be the year that begins it.

On March 14, 2012 I will be turning 22, and for me that kind of signifies the real start to adulthood. 21 was a year to play and have fun, 22 means it’s time to get serious. On May 18, 2012 I will be graduating from the University of Texas. Shortly after that, if all goes as planned, I will be picking up and shipping out to New York City, fulfilling a dream I’ve had for years.

See that.

That is what I call a plan.

A year ago, I didn’t have one, and I told myself that soon I was going to have one. This might have been the first New Years resolution I actually made happen, ever. Well, cheers to 2011, and I cannot wait for 2012!

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We’ve all heard of mid-life crises. A “quarter-life” crisis is a term I’ve just recently heard for the first time. I haven’t experienced either of these yet, but I will say that I have been through my own “mid-college crisis.”

At the end of my sophomore year, I was immersed in journalism courses. At the time I was double majoring in both journalism and advertising, and I was on the 5-year plan. But I was miserable. I absolutely hated the journalism classes I was in. One was a theory class. My teacher was ancient and the papers we had to write were boring. To hate the class was a given. My other journalism class was the first news writing class I had to take.

I should have loved this class. I had always seen journalism as a big part of my future career, so I should have taken what I learned in this class and the assignments I was given and ran with them. The worst part about it all was, as much as I hated it, I was good at it. I received high grades on all of my stories, I learned AP style, I did everything that was asked of me, and I was receiving A’s in the class.

One day the unthinkable thought popped into my head – if I hated these classes so much, why was I continuing to major in journalism? I actually got mad at myself for having this thought. I had been doing journalism work since I was 15. But when I actually thought about it, it wasn’t the reporting that I had loved in my high school journalism work. It wasn’t interviewing people and getting “the scoop.” It was the creative design that was my own that I was able to put on everything I had a part of. And then I was decided. I was now a single advertising major. And I would be a Texas Creative.

When I told my parents this, I had myself so stressed out, I was afraid. I had gotten myself so worked up over this decision that I thought they would be upset with me for making such drastic changes two years into my college career. The minute my mom answered the phone I started bawling. But she didn’t care, and she cleared my head and made me realize things I hadn’t even thought of yet.

My major was my future career, and if it didn’t make me happy now, it wasn’t going to make me happy 15 years from now. If I accepted the fact that my coursework was making me miserable now and did nothing about it, I was only setting myself up for failure in the end. This conversation led me to make one of the best decisions of my college career.

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Now another semester into college, I am faced with the same dilemma once again, but this time I am facing it calmly with my future being my number one priority. As an advertising major there are really two different paths you can take – you can be a Creative or Media person. Without being specialized in either of these sequences, I don’t see the point of really working in advertising. Media sales/planning didn’t end up being my thing—to much math and statistics. I applied for the Texas Creative program, but it didn’t pan out. I didn’t get in. At first I was disappointed, but this spurred a lot of exploration over the past few weeks.

And now here I am, exploring another major with only 3 semesters left until I graduate. Luckily advertising and public relations have very similar degree plans, and if I worked hard, I could probably finish in the same amount of time as if I made no changes to my major.

So, have you ever had your own “mid-college crisis”? How did you get through it?

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