Fontbonne Alumni Reunion Weekend is this weekend, which is the inspiration for this post. Where do I see myself in 10 years?
10 years from now I will be thirty-years-old! Wow!
By that age I hope to have graduated, have a career that I love, and be settled into a family. I am pursuing a degree in elementary education here at Fontbonne University where they have an outstanding education program. In an ideal world, I will graduate with my class in 2017 and become certified to teach elementary education! Hopefully I will secure a job at an elementary school somewhere around Clayton, Mo., or back home near the Twin Cities in Minnesota. I want to inspire kids each day to follow their dreams and I want to be there for them every step of the way. Also, by age thirty, it would be nice if could be financially stable and have paid off my student loans by then.
With a degree from Fontbonne University I will be able to take the world head-on. By obtaining a liberal education, I will have knowledge and be skilled in many different dimensions such as writing, math, biology, physics, religion, and philosophy. I can take what I have learned here and apply it to the “real-world” where I will be on my own. I both excited and scared for what the future holds, but I cannot wait to see what’s in store for me. Hopefully I will be coming back to Fontbonne many, many years from now for an Alumni Reunion Weekend and will have many fantastic stories to tell you all!
In ten years, I will be 34 with a bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing. To me, the future is a scary thought because I have no clue what I want to do. Maybe some sort of writing writing or editing. Fontbonne has already helped me open a few doors to some careers. I am going to meet with a company to discuss an internship for the spring.
But let us look at what I see for me. I want to have a beagle after graduation. I plan on owning my own land in the country with a wife and a kid or two. This just depends on the path I go down. It may end up with me still living in Missouri or not. I want to somehow help people with my degree.
I’ve always heard that it’s best to live in the present, and focusing too much on past and future events isn’t healthy for the mind. While I do agree that focusing too much on the past is typically unproductive, sometimes it is productive to have an idea of what your future may look like.
Now, I’m no psychic, but I can tell you without a doubt that your future may not end up exactly as you planned…and that’s okay! Planning still serves a purpose. It gets you thinking about what you want to do post-college, and possibly for the rest of your life.
For me, today is the perfect day to discuss where I see myself in ten years, because today I had my first real-client, nutrition counseling experience through my Medical Nutrition Therapy class. Thankfully, other dietetics classes have prepared me for this experience. It was nothing brand new to me, but living the true client-counselor experience really gave me a fuzzy feeling inside. I absolutely loved it.
In ten years, I see myself working as a Health Coach in an outpatient setting or possibly a clinical setting. Health Coaching is a type of goal-oriented interviewing that helps motivate clients to create their own goals. More often than not, when people create goals themselves, they follow through with them. When someone other than the client creates their goals for them, it makes those goals less personal and less meaningful. If I could help my future clients make even the simplest of positive changes in their lives, I would feel accomplished with my day. I know I could do something like this for the rest of my life.
Fontbonne has helped me prepare for my future in so many ways. Since developing my own healthy habits, I have always known that I wanted to do something with nutrition, but I didn’t know exactly what to do. The dietetics program at Fontbonne does a phenomenal job at letting you explore different career choices out that are out there. I believe I have found my emphasis in the dietetics world. It’s nice to know that, even in the same major, there are so many different ways my classmates and I will be creating positive impacts on the health of communities and individuals.
“You would never guess what I saw today!” I say to my mother. She pauses before I dramatically respond “A Vinyl Record!” I laugh as I see her anxious expression change to one of slight dissapointment and humor.
I was riding the bus when I noticed it- a man obsessing over his ‘new’ purchase. He fixated on the cover which depicted complex artwork of angels. I gazed, less contently than he, at what I considered a mere vintage artifact. What does he see in those old things I wondered. Does he really have a record player still? Without even realizing it, I unlocked my phone and began to get lost in my own music. Wow have times changed!
Looking at that record made me wonder how things will be in the future. What crazy inventions will outshine our technologies that we love so much, like our high definition headphones, or our convenient smart phones. I mean really, how can these things get any better? By the end of the ride, I too found joy in the vinyl record, for it reminded me that there’s plenty in store for the future!
“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind” -C.S. Lewis