I have been feeling so positive the past couple weeks and it’s not because I am leaving for an all inclusive vacation at the end of March, either. I’m feeling positive because I’ve taken the first step in completing life goal #1 in my Ten Before Thirty list by booking the General Record Exam (GRE) in June.
The GRE is a standardized test (boo-urns) that most graduate schools in the United State require as apart of their application process. I’m not a fan of standardized testing and have been putting off making my appointment for this exam for fear of failing. I will be extremely disappointed and feel like a huge loser if I don’t do well but it’d be silly to let my fears stop me from taking the test in the first place!
While I’m not completely sure what kind of graduate degree I want to pursue, be it in Public Relations, Media & Film, Sociology, Journalism…. the list continues… taking the GRE is the first step. Well, studying is technically the first step but I’m a procrastinator and would rather avoid thinking about that at the moment.
All throughout high school and most of university I was an average student and didn’t see the point in going the extra mile unless I really really had to. For example: I would harder on a paper worth 40% of my grade than I normally would have in order to avoid the 8am tutorial classes worth only 5%. I like to sleep in, you know how it is. The ambitious student would have worked hard at both and got an A instead of a B. In my opinion getting as much sleep as I wanted on a Friday was more important than the best grade I could have achieved.
At this point in my life being average just isn’t going to cut it. Jobs are scare and hard to come by in Michigan and it seems you now need at least a 3 year bachelors to work at McDonald’s. I’ve got to up my game if I’m going to get all I want out of life. Going to graduate school and working full time will be a challenge and I am counting on being highly stressed most of the time, but it will be worth it in the end.
One of my coworkers, let’s say he’s around 45, asked me “Is this where you want to working right now?” I just shook my head, because Big Brother is always listening, and he replied “Me neither, I really hate it here. I hate it.” I promise you fair blog readers I will never be a 45 year old woman telling you I absolutely hate what I do. Life is too short and if I want to be able to buy Hermes scarves and vacation in St Tropez I’ve got to get my act in gear.
I’m signing off today with a song that I find rather motivational and a question for you – Are you working towards your future goals right now? If not, why the hell not?