When you are little, people ask you all sorts of questions: what’s your name, how old are you and if you have any siblings. Whether you answer those questions that is a whole other story. A popular question that is often greeted with a big grin and optimistic eyes or a deer-in-the-headlights look is - what do you want to be when you grow up?
At the age of five, to answer the question many of us chose various careers such as a doctor, a lawyer, a teacher, a bus driver, garbage man, hockey player, actress and or musician amongst many other occupations. For some of us, what we say we want to be at the age of five is often what we want to be, however, what we chose at five years old may just be a spur of the moment decision just to answer someone’s question or at that time it was what we wanted to be and that is no longer the case.
During the thirteen years of primary and secondary school, we are often asked what we would like to do when finished school, yet again, we are once reliving the time when our five-year-old self was asked the same question. The next step we take is one that is critical; do we apply for post-secondary studies or do we not; if we do pursue post-secondary, do we go to trade school, college or university and finally, what program do we enroll in. These are just some of the questions that we must ponder and paths that we must wander to find the answer to what we want to be when we “grow up.”
You have either just begun your journey, are in the middle of it or will be finishing it up at the end of this academic year. Of this, I must congratulate you for surviving the fall semester of 2016. Whether you are a go-getter, a master of procrastination or somewhere in between may the odds be in your favour for the new semester of 2017. May your obstacles of the fall semester be of the past. Allow yourself to learn and grow from them as a student and individual. It is important to note that every single one of us is at a different place even possibly on a different path in trying to write our own story. And if it all comes down to this – that reading week is less than one month away, then so be it.