Find Your Passion and Get Paid to Pursue It

We are five weeks into the semester and midterms are already almost upon us. Where has the time gone? It feels as though it was only yesterday we were leaving our homes and moving back to Simpson, readjusting to the by-now familiar routine of classes, homework, and extracurriculars.

Before we know it, it will be Thanksgiving Break, and then we will be studying harder than ever to pass our finals. Time flies by when you are not paying close attention.

It seems as though every school year becomes more and more challenging. You advance in your classes, eventually mastering more difficult material, and consequently, you receive more demanding workloads. It is all part of the grand plan to prepare us for “the real world.”

But along with the increasingly difficult and demanding workloads comes the unwelcome feelings of being stressed and overwhelmed.

There is a lot of pressure on college students nowadays. So much is expected of us from so many aspects of our lives.

Each of us is involved in so many activities; it can be difficult to balance out our schedules so we have enough time for classes, homework, internships and/or jobs, and to maintain any form of a social life.

One of the most important things students learn in college is how to manage our time. Ironically, it is not something we learn in a class, but rather something we have to figure out on our own—and we usually have to go about it the hard way.

We learn how to prioritize the more important things and we resign ourselves to making sacrifices whenever and wherever possible, if only to stay on top of things.

Between juggling classes, work, and extracurricular activities, it can be extremely difficult to find free time to relax and destress.

As we have all found out at one point or another in college, there are good weeks and bad weeks. During the good weeks, we have very little in the way of homework. Everything is easy to manage and we finish things up within a few hours.

But in the bad weeks, we are overwhelmed with the amount of work we have to manage. We feel as though we are drowning in our workload, fighting to reach the surface but always being pulled down before we get there.

We do not pay oodles of money to sit around in a dorm room watching Netflix all day. Well, hopefully none of us do (as satisfying as it would be).

We pay those tuition bills so we can learn how to do what we love for the rest of our lives.

People may tell you that it is impractical and unrealistic to hope to find a job doing what you love. If everyone had their dream job, we would not call it working.

These people will tell you it is a myth; the dream job does not exist, except inside your head. But that is the real myth.

Anything you are passionate about can lead you to your dream job, even if that passion is writing or singing. The best advice anyone can ever receive is this: Do what you love, and do not ever let anyone take it away from you.

My passion is reading. When I am feeling stressed and overwhelmed—especially during midterms and finals—the one thing that will always soothe me is reading.

Reading allows me to escape from my everyday life and whatever problems I am struggling with for a few hours. It takes me away to a world where my problems do not exist. I am transported to a place where I am a mere spectator in another person’s life—even a fictional life. When I pick up a book, a sense of calm washes over me; I know that soon I will be lost in a world of someone else’s imagination and I will forget my own worries and difficulties.

In a way, I am lucky that reading is my passion. It has helped me to discover my own dream job: editing. As an editor, I would be following my passion for the rest of my life.

I will be paid to read, and I will be helping others follow their passion of writing and sharing their talents for the rest of the world to read and discover.

Of course, there is more to editing than just reading through an author’s work and marking up the pages with a red pen. There are specific types of editing, such as developmental editing and copyediting. The type of editing that is used will depend on how developed an author’s writing is.

For example, if there are changes that need to be made to the plot and overall structure, developmental editing will be the necessary editing process. If the writing is completely finished and almost ready for publication, it may simply need some proofreading before it is sent to a publisher.

Even though editors do not have the most “stable” and predictable salaries in the world, that instability does not discourage me from following my true passion. I am sure that many would choose to take a different, more stable path.

But I would ask those people to answer me this: Would you rather make a ton of money doing something you hate or take a little less money to do something you love?

The choice is yours. What is your passion, and will you pursue it?


--Hannah Hummel, '18


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