Pursuit for passion adjusts career path


By Yesenia Melara, Staff Writer

College can be one of the best moments of our lives.

It can also be one of the most stressful, especially if we don’t know what we’re passionate about.

It is OK if you are feeling lost for not knowing what your passion is because eventually you are going to find a profession that suits you.

As a first generation college student, I am making sure I make my family proud.

I want to be able to repay them for all the hard work they have done for me in order to continue my education.

Furthering my education is the only way I could repay them, but there was a problem.

I didn’t know what I wanted to study. I didn’t know what I was passionate about.

This problem was frustrating for me because I felt lost. Feeling lost discouraged me and made me feel like a failure.

During my senior year in high school I was completely confused over what I wanted to do with my life or what I was passionate about.

I thought about cosmetology school, business, and nursing but I was never fully sure.

Others seemed to know what it was they wanted to do with their lives, but I didn’t.

I felt left out most of the time so I never talked about it to anyone. It became a problem as my classmates started applying for colleges and universities.

I didn’t apply because of the simple reason that I lacked a passion in a particular subject.

There was no other choice for me but to enroll in a community college and start fresh once more.

I started my first semester at Diablo Valley College back in fall 2014.

I was motivated to learn and find my passion but I also wanted to rush through and get college over with.

During my semester I found myself struggling in college because I couldn’t find the correct path for me.

I was stressed.

So in spring 2015, I decided to enroll at Contra Costa College due to the fact that it was closer to home.

I started taking a variety of different classes and all of the sudden, I was becoming aware of what I liked doing.

I noticed I felt the happiest when I wrote my essays and got the chances to express my opinions.

Taking a speech class helped me become aware of my passion.

I always felt nervous and scared when it was my turn to give a presentation or speech, but it always felt good when people listened to me.

One day I began contemplating about what makes me the happiest. I came to the conclusion that what makes me happy is the art of expression.

I know that is my passion because I find myself taking communication and writing classes to help me improve these skills.

The point is, I was struggling so hard to find my passion.

I wouldn’t feel like a failure that I ended up becoming too stressed out.

Eventually I found what I’m passionate about. So for everyone who feels as lost as I did right now don’t worry — it’s OK.

You’ll eventually find your passion through taking different classes or having various experiences.

Don’t be scared. When you find your passion, you will know.