Surface ‘ish; Finding your Niche

Tonya Wright-Hamilton
Graduate Student
Midwestern State University

The purpose of going to college is to establish yourself and your career. My name is Tonya Wright-Hamilton and I am currently working on my second Masters Degree, this time in Clinical Mental Health at Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX. Don’t be fooled, I am not an overachiever, but it is all about wanting a “profession”. Like everyone, although we sometimes do not want to admit it, I have a need to be labeled. My label would be called, “Therapist”. When I first decided to go to college, I knew for some reason that my interests focused on people and what they were doing and why, so I chose Psychology as my major. It was not the best choice but it was the choice at the time. After undergrad, I was unable to pinpoint exactly what I wanted to do, and at times I felt lost. I ended up getting a Masters in Business Management because I figured that having a Masters regardless of what it was, would make me more marketable, however I was mistaken. If you do not have a plan or direction in your career, nothing helps you to land that dream job.
Many freshman go into college because it is considered the next step in their life, however they never took the time to sit down and think about what they really want to do. They allow life’s influences to dictate their direction and graduate from college more lost than they were initially. At the age of 18, finding your purpose and passion are not that hard, one just needs to ask themselves three vital questions, “What gets me excited?”, “What do people love about me?”, and “Do I believe I can make money with these talents?” It is okay to be trivial and surface in your initial thoughts but the most important thing is that you have a start, you’re thinking about it. As you go through your freshman year and your exposure continues to grow, you can deepen and expand your passion. If you feel that you have no talents, you’re sadly mistaken. Get involved in activities on campus and off campus, find your niche. Take me for example, I believed I was a God with a power tool and decided that I wanted to work with Habitat for Humanity and build things. I had never picked up a power saw in my life. I quickly found out that carpentry, engineering and construction were not for me, but who cares! The most important thing is that I put myself out there. Teddy Roosevelt said it best, “Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell ‘em, Certainly, I can! Then get busy and find out how to do it.” You will never be great at anything unless you explore your options.
If finding your position and purpose in life is important to you, and your career is a part of what defines you, while you’re sitting in your electives classes, hanging out playing pool on campus, volunteering with some organization, pay attention, be aware, and see what excites you. Your college experience may not define who you are professionally, but it does help you to put one foot in the door to a lifelong career you may enjoy.

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