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The Road Leading to Your Future

I know there are a lot of prospective students out there who are currently freaking out about not knowing what direction they want to take in life – choosing a college being the most immediate dilemma at hand. Believe me, not too long ago I was in that same position. I wasn’t one of those people who had known all my life that I wanted to pursue a career in business. I didn’t even realize that I wanted to be a Trojan until my final year in high school. But I want to give a shout out to everyone who sympathizes with this situation – YOU’RE GOING TO BE OKAY! (Hopefully you can hear that I’m actually shouting at you). Here are a few tips to help calm down and take small steps towards finding out who you want to become.

1. Do things you love and share it with others!

This is probably a resonating theme throughout all of my blog posts, but I can’t stress it enough! Whether it is a high school organization, a team sport, or a low key hobby, if you’re passionate about something, just do it! Furthermore, expand on it and apply it to things outside of the box. For instance, maybe you’re an avid pillow maker. Why not get a bunch of friends together and make pillows for the homeless? Maybe you love to play an instrument. Take an hour each month and hang out with some lovely senior citizens at a local senior home and share your gift with them. Such talents and interests are meant to be shared and I’ll think you’ll come to find that you’ll have a blast in the process.

2. Research careers and reach out to professionals of your passions.

Hopefully the last step got you thinking about your particular interests and talents – the next step is to find what industry would allow you to utilize them. This step is all about being proactive and you’ll be way ahead of the game the earlier you take this step. In my junior year of high school, I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do for a living, but I did know a few things about what I expected in a job:

  • Working with people on a day to day basis
  • Living an active lifestyle both in and out of the workplace

Therefore, after conducting some of my own research, I found that the public relations and marketing industry aligned well with these criteria. I contacted all of the PR professionals in the Orange County area in hopes of having an informational interview. Luckily, I received a few positive responses and before I knew it, I had made a great connection with one of my current mentors, Jan Plessner, who allowed me to intern in the PR department of the Kawasaki Motors Corporation that summer. Trust me when I say that I felt like I didn’t work one day that summer and I have pictures below to prove it!

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3. Research schools with majors aligning to your passions

Once you’ve found a few occupations that fit your interests and talents, do a little more research on what schools may be a good fit for you. I challenge you to not only consider school ranking, but also location, special programs relating to what you want to pursue, and student vibe on campus because such factors have a great impact on your college career. When considering all of these factors, especially after having an internship at Kawasaki, I was eager to have access to people and experiences that would allow me to learn more about myself. Hopefully you can tell what school I found to be most fitting 😉


Blessings and Smiles,

Larissa Purnell


Posted on October 20, 2013 by Larissa


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