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The liberal art of finding your passion

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McComish pursues her passions by majoring in studio art as well as elementary education. Photo courtesy of Megan McComish.

McComish pursues her passions by majoring in studio art as well as elementary education.
Photo courtesy of Megan McComish.

By Megan McComish

I have always been a person who believes in the power of self-expression and showing others how I perceive the world. I find it personally satisfying to create something that has never existed in the world before and with it bring my emotions, points of view and miscellaneous things that are sometimes produced through the process of art.

Before I came to Stonehill, I was under the impression that you had to be good at an art form in order to be successful, whether it is studio art, dance or music. For some time, this held me back from creating anything else. I was too afraid to make a mistake or draw something that no one would like.

Eventually, after being in a major I hated, I discovered I would just have to do what I am really passionate about, even if no one likes it or it makes me poor. I thought my parents would
be mad because they were both successful in the major I was previously in, but it just was not for me. It is this dilemma I feel makes others stuck when they are trying to discover their own passions when entering college or “the real world.”

My little sister just started her freshman year of college this fall and has always had her heart set on being a veterinarian. She worked at the local vet office in my town back home for three years before going to school. I have never seen someone so passionate about taking care of animals, so I had no doubt in my mind that she would be successful in school. After her first month there, she wanted to quit. Her classes were nothing like what she thought they would be, and she could not use any of her work experience to help her in these classes. Like me, she was worried about what people would think if she dropped out. She could not imagine how disappointed her friends and family would be if she gave up after having such a drive when she first left for school. She had too many things weighing down on her to really know what to do.

Most of us going to school understand the amount of pressure every student is under with all the choices that have to be made. One day, we have to decide what we want to do for the rest of our lives, and if you make the wrong choice, then you are doomed. Never mind the fact that we also have to consider selling our souls in order to pay for school.

Stress and pressure like this can alter our decisions in life and can have significant outcomes for the future. My advice is to start by finding your passion and doing everything in your power to follow it, even if that means living in a cardboard box or in your parents’ basement. After all, what is the point of getting out of bed every day if you are doing something you hate?

For the first time ever, my sister listened to my advice, and she is now happily on her way to being a wildlife biologist. It can be a struggle at first, but with people who genuinely care about you and a little bit of elbow grease, you can be successful in whatever your passion may be.

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