The most important thing I’ve learned from the DCERP group meetings is to trust that everyone takes their own unique journey and will end up exactly where they need to be. It often feels like we’re forced to decide what we want our career to be when we’re as young as middle and high school: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Even more so, at college, I’m surrounded by people who know what they want to do – whether they’re pre-med, pre-law, or anywhere in between.
On the other hand – I don’t know what I want to do, or be. And I stress about it all the time. I am passionate about many things, but haven’t yet figure out how to chanel those passions into a concrete profession.
I have to remind myself that that’s okay. And our guest speakers sent the same message. Most of them didn’t beeline straight from high school to college to their current profession – their path took twists and turns. But each step of the journey taught them something about themselves; about what they liked and didn’t like; what they cared about. And it all worked out in the end.