It was a mere four years ago when I first set eyes on EWU. I can remember the university appearing so large at the time. The chances that lay before me were so large and so abundant, I felt I could do anything. Four years later, I still feel this way but not about EWU or about the future and going out into “reality.”
A lot can change in four years. I remember a little website called Facebook that was getting off the ground. The first Apple iPhone had just debuted that summer and Google was just a search engine. Hollywood television writers had started a writer’s strike. The United States was still searching for Osama bin Laden. Flash forward four years later: Osama bin Laden is dead, the iPhone and other smartphones from Google and Microsoft have become integrated into people’s everyday lives, out of a writer’s strike the TV series “Smallville” ended a decade long run, making it the longest running U.S. superhero based TV series in history, and it’s almost impossible to meet someone in the U.S. without a Facebook page. All that in just four years and now it’s time for the seniors of EWU to go out into “reality.”
But what is “reality?” Ever since I was in the fourth grade, people, mainly much older people, told me, “In reality, you can’t do this any longer,” or, “When you’re a grown up in reality, you’ll understand.”
Understand what? That life is difficult? That people have to do things that they may not want to do? That someone may get their heart broken and or be lied to by people they trusted? Well, if people have not learned any of this by now, this university has not done it’s job correctly. Life is tough for everyone. It may be a different type of tough for all different people and some handle it better or differently than others, but difficulty in life comes with just living on this earth.
Why do older people discourage younger people getting out of university about how tough “reality” is? Is it because they are attempting to be helpful to a younger generation or is it more along the lines of deflecting their own lack of intelligence when they were younger and didn’t know how tough “reality” was going to be? I think it’s the latter.
The question is still, why do older people do this or as a matter of fact anyone overhype the stress of life after university? This should be a time of celebration and reflection. All the hard work a student has put in eight years, including high school — now it’s time to use that training to achieve their goals and make dreams come true.
Now, don’t misunderstand me. I know what I want to do after EWU, but to be honest, I don’t how I can get there or which way I want to take to get there. All I know is the city I want to go to to make my dreams come true. But other than that, I don’t have a clue what my next step is.
But you know what? I have faith and hope. Hope that I can make my dreams come true. I’m nervous about my future, but I am not frightened by it. Why? Because if nothing else, EWU has given me the tools and the lessons to go towards my future. So, why not go for broke and just take it?