Another winter break has come to a close, and another spring semester has begun. Personally, my break was quite refreshing: holiday celebrations were happy and relaxing, I reconnected with some hometown friends and spent quality time with my family. Nevertheless, the age-old question seemed to wiggle its way in to make sure my hiatus from stress wasn’t too successful. That is, of course:
What are your plans for after UNC?
Why is this question so hard to answer? To those oblivious to the torment of providing a decent reply, it would seem that we have the world at our fingertips. Our youth affords us a level of flexibility and opportunity unique to this stage in life. We are often told that there are innumerable paths in front of us; all we have to do is pick one and work hard to succeed. The rest of the things that make life full will come in their own time.
The mistake here is forgetting that while youth comes with opportunity, it also comes with uncertainty. We often feel torn between what we want in life and what seems practical. Some don’t know what they want at all. And while this tension exists within ourselves, it’s complimented by a world waiting for us after graduation that often seems unstable, unkind and ruthless. Thus, stress. Lots and lots of stress.
Here we are, at the start of a new semester, year and decade. Most of the next ten years will happen after we’ve graduated, and we have no idea what’s in store. And that’s terrifying. But at the same time, it’s pretty exciting. All the “Roaring Twenties” jokes aside, this is the decade we all get to grow into ourselves, into 'adults.'