I have no idea what I want to do with my life, and ACU taught me that. It didn’t teach me what I want to do; it taught me everything I don’t. And for that, I am tremendously grateful.
Maybe I’m crazy, but I don’t want to do anything closely related to my major for quite some time. I’ll probably jump back into it, but I’m tired. That’s such a lame excuse and I know it, but I figure I can give myself a break for a while. I know I don’t want a job with vague hours. I don’t want to sit all day. I don’t want to get so frustrated with work that anger seeps from my pores and onto those around me. I can’t pinpoint my future job or even my dream job, but I can rule out options. This is my starting point.
I applaud those who continue straight into graduate school, but I’d like to see where my life goes without school for a bit. How idealistic is it to believe I’ll decide in four years what to do for the rest of my life? I’ve spent nearly 22 years changing my mind, and I’m no idealist; so why would I expect to leave college with a straight-edge answer for the rest of my life? Who I’ll spend the rest of my life with is a different story -Â that beautiful man is one thing I’m sure of.
Plus, how will I put my Mrs. degree to use if I jump back into school? Come on.
ACU taught me to let my peers, even children, discover their own faith in their own time. I can love them as I believe Jesus wants me to; the rest is up to him. I’ve learned to let people live their lives and don’t you dare judge their words, actions or beliefs. Love them, don’t leave them, but let them live. Do more than that, and our Christian prejudices escalate quickly. I’m about to use a cliché I never thought I’d allow myself to write, but really: What would Jesus do? Better yet, would Jesus opt for an iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad?
I’ll take fantastic and horrid memories with me. I’ll take great respect for exceptional people, and I’ll take a pretty solid education in the journalism field. I’m sure I’ll encourage new friends to google ACU and bleed purple for a second, even though I’ve never had an ounce of school spirit in my life.
Thank you to the windy little city that welcomed me for four years. Honestly, I can’t stand wind, so I’ll likely stay away for a bit. College was fun, but perhaps the greatest thing ACU has taught me is to trust in the goodness of what is yet to come.