Life in a college town: Juggling

For the first time in 10 years I am unemployed. Guess what? I’ve never been happier. I am a current college student – in my last semester – who was trying to juggle school, work (22 hours a week), relationships, training for races and taking on my dad’s responsibilities after his back surgery.

My schedule was school Monday through Thursday and work Friday through Sunday. The first week of classes rolled around and so did the huge amounts of coursework that I know would follow. I began to feel like I was holding the weight of the world on my shoulders.

“Michael can you come in early?” “Michael can you stay a little later” my boss would ask. I never knew the power of no.

I devoted most of my energy to work and not school. My creative juices were being sucked up by work and not school, which is where they should be used. I wasn’t experiencing life. I was working it. I was so focused on making money and not focused enough on discovering what I was passionate about. I knew something had to change. I looked to Steve Jobs for guidance.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

I had to do what I wanted to do for once. So I quit my job to focus on school and doing things on the weekends that interested me. How can you discover what you are passionate about if you have no time to discover it?

So I say to my fellow college students, go find what you are passionate about and you will never work a day in your life. Go experience life and discover what drives you. After all, these are the best years of our lives