My College Checklist

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“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing”. -Theodore Roosevelt

I am a planner. When I was preparing to leave for college four years ago I gave myself a checklist. Get good grades, graduate with no debt, buy a car, build a resume that would allow me to get the job I wanted right out of school, and I would be lying if I said I was not hoping to meet a girl. Which even though I have yet to meet the girl for me I am proud to say all the other boxes are checked. After almost four years of working crazy hours and doing about every extra thing I could I am ready to graduate in 37 days.

You see college for me was an opportunity to define who I am. Now I am not talking about a philosophical finding of myself but defining to the world who Joe Mally is. If you asked me what my overall view of college was I would answer that it is a time to work your hardest to show others what you can do. You see I viewed college is a stepping-stone. A place where set my feet that would help me get to my final destination. Now that does not mean that the friendships and knowledge I found here will not go with me for the rest of my life. It simply means I was going to keep the main reason I came to college my priority while here. Which for me the main reason I came to college was so that when I graduated I could find a job in Children’s Ministry. That way I could begin doing what I believe God’s will for my life is which is proclaiming the truth of His word to the family.

If you’ve applied for a job you know that you need experience. Well in college that is not true. You can walk into a business and work with them without any experience, granted that work is almost unpaid but it is worth it. For all of you who are not graduating in May with me here is my advice. Have your fun, make friends, find a mentor, ask him or her out, and travel. But do not forget the reason that college exists. College is a stepping-stone for your life. Go and find the opportunities it provides and use them to define who you are to the world. And if who you are does not include your relationship with Christ I encourage you to pursue what it would mean to live a life for Him.

“There is always the danger that we may just do the work for the sake of the work. This is where the respect and the love and the devotion come in – that we do it to God, to Christ, and that’s why we try to do it as beautifully as possible”. -Mother Teresa

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