Self-Discovery

My name is Renata Tylka and I am from the suburbs of Chicago. I started my educational journey with a Bachelors of Applied Science in Criminal Justice from Westwood College and a Masters in International Commerce and Policy from Valparaiso University. Even though these two degrees are very different, my Criminal Justice base gave me a great base line for my Master Degree.
Being a first-generation immigrating family, it became my passion to understand how the world works through politics, the economy and culture. The longing for acceptance of my new home and new surroundings lead me to a dedicated journey through education and understanding. My motivation left me wanting to learn more about the world. Coming up with a degree in international relations during a time of international misconnection, it gave me an inspiration to work with those around the world for more than just one cause, it gave me strength to succeed and it allowed me to grow. If I can give any advice to students seeking a career, it would be the following: wherever your road takes you, make sure it makes you question yourself during every step of the journey.
Self-motivation is the hardest characteristic to achieve by a person. Whether you find it easier with your family pushing you or your teachers grading you, each individual processes dedication in a different way. As children, we find that it is easier to cry when we want something. We pout and we make a scene if needed so others know what it is that we really want. However, when you grow older, especially in high school, it is not acceptable to cry your way through your life particularly when peer pressure is involved. Our teachers and parents start telling us that it gets harder with every year, but they never explain what it is that gets harder. We start learning that in order to achieve a better grade, a nicer job or cooler friends, we need self-dedication. Such dedication leads us to explore who we are and what we want.
A college education and experience can be interpreted in many ways. When we apply to certain schools, we expect certain things, like a rowdy atmosphere, an awesome sorority or easy/hard teachers. Nevertheless, we need to expect a self-discovery during our years in school. There are many instances that may occur which will make us question our major, our dedication or ever the resources we are spending money on to achieve a degree. We start questioning our hobbies, likes and interests based on what journey we choose. There are moments where we fail, we want to quit or we want to leave what is going on behind us. These moments are the ones that allow you to understand what your passion is. If you fight till the end, you will be able to achieve that degree, that career, that job which labels you as a hard worker.
You ask yourself, are you happy with your everyday classes or life choices? Will these make you happy later if it is not doing such now? In my experience, your peers who are only there because they need to be there will not want to pursue a job in the chosen career field. If they do, they start to label their career choices as dead end jobs. It is important to love what you do and love it from the start. Not everyone can come out of college and become a director at a firm or company within the first year. By working your way up, it allows you to see every aspect of your career and it will leave you with newfound understanding for those who will one day work with you or under you. Being open minding can be your secret weapon to self-discovery. Do not hold yourself back and allow the pessimistic or failing attitude make you quit.

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