Future Imperfect

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futureThere’s a syndrome that makes students unsure of plans after college.

To-be grads exhibit common symptoms of shooting questions about future plans at any bewildered acquaintance passing by, scrutinizing and pin-pointing flaws if that person even discloses one. More specifically, you must have observed/realised that you/others daily improvise a plan of action after graduation. Furthermore, students get irked if others (worse your lecturer) frown upon your ideas. Every neighbour, aunty, chachi will be too eager to take important decisions for you if you let them. Maybe because of the sheer numbers, the idea of a rat race seems amplified. So what figures when you’re suddenly facing a dead end in terms of what to do with your time? Or better put after you get a degree, how crucial are the choices you make and is it all exaggeration? Some are extremely lucky to have a set agenda and glide through life as if they command total control on their fate. While others less fortunate have to pick fields on one momentous day while filling the fees for a course where there’s no turning back, or worse accepting a job offer that reasonably pays well. It’s also easy to follow fads and everybody guiding you in a million directions. The pressure of making a decision shouldn’t weigh us down. Taken, a lot is at stake particularly our yearnings for approval and admiration from people around us. So even if a decision seems wrong today, wait and watch. In future-hindsight, the pieces of the puzzles will fit in and look a lot more satisfactory. We all will just about end up fine. But the means of getting there is what causes all the trouble and sleepless nights. It forever puts that question mark in our heads. Because in the end it is the journey that counts and you surely don’t want to remember it by harping about decisions you wish you had taken. Ending with slightly cheesy but largely relevant lines for our times by Dr Seuss:

You have a brain in your head.

You have feet in your shoes.

You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.

You’re on your own.

And you know what you know. The freedom to choose belongs to you.

Journalism has been called the “first rough draft of history”. D.U.B may be termed as the first rough draft of DU history. Freedom to Express.

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