How to deal for real

By Caitlin Langley
October 16, 2003

Angelina Wagner

As seniors in high school, we look to the future with great happiness and anticipation of only good things happening to us. We fully believe that when we go away to school things will be the best that can ever be. Most of us girls believe that we will fall in love and live happily ever after. We also believe that we will find the perfect major and get the perfect job. Well things don’t always turn out the way we think they will. There are hardships and hurtles to overcome. Lets face it – life is not a walk in the park.

We are not going to get the perfect major or the perfect job, we won’t fall in love and get married. Things take time and work. Things go wrong. Things don’t turn out as you would want them to. The perfect major turns out to be something that you can simply not live with and you end up taking all these different courses to try to find out what you can live with. And that perfect guy turns out not-so-perfect and marriage seems a lot more scary than you thought.

When you leave home to take on this perfect future, you don’t realize that it’s not going to be so perfect. It might actually take work and time. Things will be hard to cope with the changes that you face when you realize all these things. Change comes as automatic as a pimple on the night before prom. And we need to deal with that. It’s harder when you are away from home because you don’t have your comfort zone around you. You are in a strange place with nothing that reminds you of home.

The first year of college is very hard to get through but remember, you will not die if something doesn’t go your way, you will live. Things will go on. You will find that class will lead to the perfect major that leads to the perfect job. Who knows? Maybe you will find that guy that will eventually lead to the picture-perfect marriage.

Sometimes things around you can get complicated and you can get wrapped up in them and their “complicatedness,” but you just have to take a step back and realize where you are and where you want to be. Sort out the things that are most important to you and work on them. Changes are all around you and the best way to deal with them is to take them on one at a time, and know that you will survive and life will go on.

Posted to the web by Angelina Wagner

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