Follow your dreams, not others’

by Dana Mourad, Staff Writer

We are rare. You are rare. I am rare. In our everyday, prideful days we usually boast to our friends about how one day we will become one of the most famous and prominent figures of the world. We go on and on about how one must work very hard during their years at Benedictine University so that they can make it into respectful and much anticipated professional graduate schools. We all have these aspirations and fantasies of becoming that gleaming sensation. Until a few days ago, it hit me that we can become that gleaming sensation and even more than that. It doesn’t have to be said as a joke or a sarcastic mention. If we all truly believed that we are rare; if we believed that each and every one of us had the potential to stir the world into the right direction, then what is stopping us?

The beauty of undergraduate school is that it is never overdue to change your major at a certain point or change your dreams and ambitions for the future. Its one of the greatest opportunities to be able to explore different classes all four years round. As one of my dear friends put it: “I could walk into a philosophy class, love it, and decide to do that for the rest of my life. Who knows?”

I believe what frightens people the most is the constant voice in the back of their head questioning them about whether they’re doing that special thing that is going to bring them happiness for the rest of their lives. Nowadays, it is becoming exceedingly more difficult to acquire a job without having an outstanding application that might require one or two graduate school diplomas. No one wishes to end up realizing they were in the wrong field all along. Maybe if we stepped out of our social box and tried to understand ourselves better, our choice would become clearer. No matter how hard we try to convince ourselves that we will not allow our parents’ opinions or careers to influence our choice, they will have an influence even if it’s to a minor degree. I know you have probably heard this a thousand times, but do something you believe will bring you all the joy in the world and make you a better person. A scholar once said that if each human being focused on building and nurturing their strengths, the world would be a magnificent place. Just remember: I am rare.  You are rare. We are rare.

“Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it” –Bruce Lee