Let’s make money. Money rules the world, it makes the world go round and money buys you those new shoes you’ve been eyeing since you last visited Finish Line. Money equals happiness right?
College students focus on finding a career that will lead them to all the money their hearts desire. The ultimate question remains: Am I happy with the major I chose to make the money I want? We have to evaluate ourselves and outweigh what we want more, our dream career or money? Don’t be fooled; you can accomplish both of these goals.
When I changed my major from exercise science to creative writing my sophomore year at Florida State University, it was the best decision of my life. The shock that came from changing majors from all my peers, family and friends always made me question if I made the right decision. Despite my efforts with tutoring, I couldn’t grasp the concepts of each science. I always enjoyed learning medical terminology and hoped to become a surgeon from seventh grade through high school graduation, but my passion changed.
Alteration of scenery and passion was the epitome of me changing to creative writing. I loved to write poems, songs and short stories since the age of 10. Shel Silverstein ingrained my childhood, influencing my upbringing with his various poem and books. Music inspired me to write even more and helped me to convey ideas. Writing is an outlet for me. Writing is a gateway for me to express myself and show a different view to the world through my imagery, experiences and imagination.
Where does a writing major go from here? The idea I wouldn’t make any money with an “artistic major” disappointed me. I decided to take this fuel to stay motivated and take charge of my future. After numerous conversations with my parents and advisors, I knew the career path I wanted to follow. Aspiring to become an author, novelist, screenwriter or broadcast major, I will continue to pursue them until my name and brand are widely known and carry weight. Finding my passion was a hard journey to travel, but now I continue to develop my skills and achieve my dreams.
The best advice I’ve heard in college is your passion will make you money. Countless hours of perfecting your craft, selling your own brand and learning what you’re best at will produce money. What drives you should make you want be proactive in becoming better individual and sharing your passion with the world.
My writing allows me to invent ideas and evoke people’s imaginations. Not only is it entertaining, but I also learned I held a strong capability in capturing people’s attention through my writing. I want to create movies, stories and music that will help people in emotions, understanding and having a great time in life through different topics, characters and worlds I create.
My goal and passion in writing sends a message while enlightening people. Knowing I’m leaving a growing legacy through my writing drives to become a better writer. I continuously write not only to satisfy myself but also to challenge my passion forward with my original work.
If you have a vision and work hard towards your dreams, then you will be able to build what you want to see grow. My dad always says, “Do what needs to be done now, so that way you won’t regret it later.” Creating your own business doesn’t only stimulate your mind for new ideas, it also promotes and helps people. I’ve helped friends edit papers, as well as provide the extra push in finding their ideas. In my writing classes, I’m able to receive feedback on my stories, poems and papers from my professors and peers to help me improve.
How do we get to a higher standing in monetary value? Money means stability, and knowing that means you have to stay ahead and work for your money. Money doesn’t mean happiness. The idea of happiness in prompted me to change majors. I felt miserable studying something I didn’t love or find interesting anymore. I will still make money and I have to uphold a standard of what I want to make and how much education I’m willing to endure to make more money.
I plan to pursue a doctorate in creative writing and become the best writer I can be. Money can be made when you put your passion to the test. Success doesn’t happen overnight and writing isn’t popular as it was in the past, but that will not stop me from making money and making sure I utilize each resource at Florida State University to prepare for the real world and support myself.
The combination of career hunger and cash will collide and build on each other in the end. It takes the person who thinks outside of the box and not repeating the same formula over and over that will come out on top. Passion is finding your purpose in life. When you find that purpose, the money will come rolling in as long as you put as much effort and work into yourself. Pursuing your passion will always outweigh the worth of money you make in my opinion. The more you push forward in your beliefs and set goals, the more that will be accounted for in the end.
There goes another one hundred, two hundred, three hundred thousand dollars—don’t forget the commas when you put it on my check.