Balancing My Studies and Finding My Passion

A look inside the life of a college student with a business on the side...

When the alarm goes off in the morning there is something in us that makes us get out of bed and onto our feet.

Some might explain it as a fire inside them, while others might say its determination to make the world a better place. Others may say it because there parents are nagging them to get out of bed and go to school. I've even heard others describe the reason they show up to class is because they have invested a lot of money into it, and it should not be wasted.

Why do I wake up in the morning? I ask myself this more and more often as I question what I truly want to do when I complete my Bachelor's degree. For those of you who do not know I am Junior in Agricultural and Life Sciences Education, the teacher certification option. At one time I knew I wanted to be a teacher, and specifically an agriculture teacher. However, these days I question whether this is still my real passion. I do know for sure that agriculture is not my only passion, as I have a very strong love for creativity, especially photography. I love the freedom it gives me to try and thrive to create my own business. On top of running my JP Photography business, I recently purchased a flock of show lambs that I have bred and will sell their offspring next year to 4-H and FFA members. Due to this, I have been trying to align all my ducks in a row for me to fully begin this adventure in January. So where does that leave my answer to the oh so famous question, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" Truth is, I never was good at answering this question, not when I was five, and not today as a twenty year old. What I do know, is for now I am going to follow my heart and my passion wherever that leads me. So for now that means leading me through the success and failures of trying to start your own business while balancing exams, group projects, clubs, a job, and just trying to keep myself sane in this crazy life.

So again, WHY DO I WAKE UP IN THE MORNING? I wake up because I know today is another day to work towards my goal, discover my career, and build up my business.

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