I just read this awesome short story called “FriendsRevisited.com” by Carmen Reid, found in the short story anthology “Scottish Girls About Town.” I stumbled across this in the SCF Library Cafe Book Swap over in the Smoothie King, and I was intrigued. Anyways, the story really got me thinking.
Basically, the story was about a couple (mainly the woman, though) going through a bit of a mid-life crisis. Husband leaves wife, she’s dumped with their kids and the sort of boring routine life she never wanted, and she begins to slide into depression. But contact with a high-school friend spurs her into dedicating some more time and thought to the wants and needs she rarely paid attention to anymore. As we all know, I am but a young and fresh twenty year old. I’ve still got a good fifteen years or so until the likely hood of me hitting a plateau like this becomes inevitable. But I really wonder how it’ll all work out?
I’m a student. We’re all students. We’re preparing ourselves… for what? For a career? For life improvement? For time to discover more about ourselves? There are so many reasons to go to school, and I know a lot of people are returning to school long past the age that was previously considered school age. And I’ll be completely honest; I’m studying, and I do have a degree in mind, but I actually have no clue what I want to do with that degree. Do I want it for the sidelines while I continue to study in search of a Library Science degree? Do I want to sell my services to the Chinese government in exchange for an over-seas job in one of the most beautiful country’s I’ve ever seen? Do I want to work for our government? Our schools? Do I want to be a mother? How do I make all of these decisions? How did my adult readers do it? Do you have any advice for us young ones, or are you still figuring things out for yourself?
I figure I will simply live life as it comes at me, but thinking about what happens after college is some pretty serious food for thought for all of us college students. If you’re feeling generous, please lend me some words of wisdom. Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.