It doesn’t matter how you start—all that matters is how you finish.

I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in marketing and today I am going to graduate school for creative writing with the hope of being an author. When I started as a freshman at Radford University, I was an information technology major because my family told me I was good with computers, not because that’s what I wanted to do. Then I changed my major to marketing during my sophomore year because it wouldn’t delay my graduation date. Honestly, I ended up liking marketing in the process of studying it, but that wasn’t why I chose it. I had wanted to change my major to journalism but I didn’t want 1) judgment passed on me and, 2) to stay at Radford longer than I was supposed to, so I changed it to marketing and that was that.

I used to write in a notebook about my thoughts and create little stories during my free time (or procrastination time), but I had given up my dreams of one day being a published author until the last semester of my senior year when I took the class Social Media Marketing. Within that class we had a semester-long project where we created a blog; it was because of this blog I became inspired to get back to doing what I love the most: writing.

Literally, I thank God for that class every day! I had to post a blog every week and my main topic was personal growth, where I talked about topics such as self-reflection, self-love, forgiveness, etc. The feedback I started to get from my blogs made me happy and I enjoyed writing for it. That was when I knew writing was something I needed to pursue, but I was still on the edge about it. After graduating college and settling into adult life I realized I needed a change. I then made the decision to go back to school to pursue my passion and so I could love what I do full-time. The goal for me is to become a freelance writer for a major magazine and also a published author.

I think it’s important for us to do what we love instead of what is expected of us. You only live one life so why not spend it enjoying yourself? My advice to you is to never give up or lose track of your dreams, never let the opinion of others belittle your dreams and never let your own self-doubt ruin your dreams. If you want to be a writer, work to be one. Want to be a lawyer? Work to be one. Want to be a doctor? Work to be one. Want to be a musician? Work to be one. Just be willing to put your all into it and let it— and you—evolve.


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