Tips on surviving college

Julius is a graduate of Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, MA earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a writing concentration. He lived in Boston, MA most his life before moving to Brooklyn this past April. Julius is currently employed as a computer lab assistant at the Doe Fund’s Porter Ave. facility. In his spare time, Julius enjoys writing, taking walks to Manhattan via the Williamsburg Bridge and travelling. His future career goals are to be either a grant writer or a technical writer.

In May of 2013, I graduated from Bridgewater State University, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in English.
Nothing unusual about that statement.
What you didn’t know was that I began my freshman year in September of 2001 as a computer science major at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. It took me over a decade to realize where my true passion was and then pursue it with the intensity that I thought I had lost. During that time, I was also unenrolled for several years, with school taking a back seat to employment.
Unfortunately, many students do not return school, even after only a short absence. These can be for a variety of reasons including affordability, the lure of money through employment and insecurity about the age gap between themselves and their fellow students. I dealt with those same problems and managed to overcome them.
So, how does one find their true passion?
You have figure out what your greatest skill or talent is. For these to grow, it took a certain amount of passion and dedication. Sometimes, this talent can be one that you’ve forgotten about or taken for granted. In my case, I replaced writing, a skill which had developed since childhood, with my then recent desire to be a software engineer.
That is where I made my mistake.
If I had not neglected my writing talent, I probably would have progressed further and faster than I have. Fortunately, I was able to rediscover my passion for writing and make strides towards achieving my full potential. When you discover or rediscover the skill that you are most passionate about, it will put you closer to achieving your goals.

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