“Why am I even in college?”
If I had a penny for every time I heard that, I wouldn’t be a poor college kid eating ramen.
It seems that many of us get so easily lost in classes, exams, study sessions, jobs over the summer and our focus on graduating school. When we finally get a moment to stop and think, we can barely remember why we are working toward that degree.
For a growing number of college students, blogging has become an outlet to pursue their passions while earning their degree.
Seth Miller is an undergraduate student from West Chester University who was motivated by his passion to defend his faith. He offers his hundreds of readers the chance to submit controversial questions relating to Christianity. He has answered a total of 1500 anonymous questions, which he believes is helping Christians learn how to defend their faith in the face of tough issues.
“I know I am having an impact and generating discussion, because I receive a lot of positive feedback, and because more and more people continue to ask more questions.” Miller said.
On the other side of the country, Texas A&M student Sarah Smith uses blogging as an outlet for her love of cooking, writing and photography.
“Once I came to college, cooking became my ultimate stress-relieving activity and I was in the kitchen constantly. Writing has always been a distinct passion of mine in addition and I thought, 'why not marry the two?' Thus, Food a la Fac was born.” Smith said.
She now has around 1,000 followers and publishes posts weekly.
Reid Joslin, an architecture student at the University of Texas, said that he reads a variety of blogs and thinks they are more about being an outlet for the writer. He said blogs are useful for those who might normally hold back their thoughts.
“Think about it: someone who doesn’t enjoy big groups of people but has a lot to say can reach hundreds of thousands of people online,” Joslin said.
Whether you are an opinionated person of faith or closet cook, the Internet is your avenue to expressing yourself on a worldwide platform. Exploring what you enjoy learning and writing about can help you hone your career goals and rediscover your purpose in pursuing higher education.