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By GHADEER ALARADI, Opinions Editor

As a freshman going into university, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my life, and I still don’t know what to do with my life. I picked something I was genuinely interested in, and did not think about the practicality of implementing the degree into life after graduation. In fact, I did not think at all about life after graduation. It seemed so far away, and now that graduation is rapidly approaching, I am getting nervous to step out into the real world.

I was not taught to find the best-paying job, or the highest ranking job in society. I was taught to follow my dreams and fulfill them. That was the meaning of success taught to me by my family. The meaning of success does not necessarily mean having a high salary. After all, what’s the point in having a good job when you barely enjoy it? To me, what is important is that I do what I love, and money comes second.

This sounds like a decent way of thinking, right? However, when graduation is around the corner, I start to panic about the reality of finding a job and building my career. It got to the point where I was obsessed with LinkedIn; I would check it every day and try to add all the connections I know.

I even questioned the career path I was pursuing, and tried to take a career quiz that helped me find my dream job. Let me tell you one thing: those do not work. My mind was in panic mode, and I did not know what I wanted. In fact, I still don’t know exactly what I want.

I know I love journalism, writing, filming and photography. I know I love spreading the truth and dispelling misconceptions. I love defending the oppressed and fighting for social justice.

I then realized that panicking will get me nowhere. I know what I love, and I will find my way after graduation. I know many seniors have the same feeling I do, and it’s completely normal. It’s important to know your passions, and the rest will fit together.

The mindset you have will change everything. If I am constantly panicking about my future, it will not help me very much. If I am actively trying to build my career up with a confident and positive mindset, that will definitely help me in my future.

Never give up on your dreams, as cheesy as it sounds. Even if that first job is not your dream job, it will happen eventually with persistence and determination. A positive mindset changes everything, and I truly believe that.