I Want It All Essay

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What are you interested in? What can you see yourself doing in five, ten, twenty years? What jobs will be available when you graduate? Ever since my freshman year, I can remember parents, teachers, and counselors continually drilling these questions into the minds of me, my friends, and just about every other teenager across the country. From the first moment we step into high school, we're taught to focus on that one goal, that Holy Grail of all college life: the degree. Needless to say, when I think about college, I have a hard time focusing on anything other than my Bachelor's degree. I've gotten so used to asking, "Which major should I choose?" and "Should I take a double major or just focus on getting a master's degree?"…show more content…
True, every student should be taught to keep his or her "eyes on the prize," but not at the cost of being blinded to the rest of the world. Often, I would catch myself focusing so heavily on my grades that I couldn't see how much of life I was really missing. Even at 17, I have my regrets. What would have happened if I had gone on that camping trip with Aunt Linda instead of spending the weekend working on a biology paper? Or what if I had taken that after-school job at my parents' office instead of spending all those hours focused on homework? True, grades are important, but they're nothing compared to real-life experience, and that's exactly what I intend to get when I go to college.   Of course, I don't intend to just abandon all of my schoolwork and leave my grades to chance. I've worked hard for the past twelve years, and I'm proud of what I've accomplished. No, I won't become one of the so-called "college bums" on campus, but I'm not going to be a recluse either. I consider myself not just a scholar, but a writer, an artist, and most importantly, a human. For the next four years, I want to experience life. I want to learn about Greek history and differential equations. I want to write short stories while I lounge under the trees in the Grove. I want to cover my dorm walls with canvases that I painted. I want to live. When I get to college, I want
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