“What do you want to do after graduation?” I get asked this question a lot—and since I’m not fond of seeming unprepared (ask my teachers!), I have tried to circumvent the usual stumbled-out reply of “Well…um…I’m not sure yet. I…I want to do some good stuff with it.”
Instead, I’ve got my future all mapped out—but in pencil, not in pen. After finishing my B.S. in Communication in Technology (which will be added to my A.A. in Humanities), I intend to be an entrepreneur in the online tutoring business, creating my own website and program to offer my services for English and French tutoring. I plan to create a multi-track venture…with interactive (video-chat-based) tutoring sessions, pre-recorded informational videos, and written materials.
Set in stone? Not really, of course. There is plenty of room for change. However, there is one main underlying purpose for this game-plan which is pretty constant: my dream to publish my written work.
I have been writing for as long as I can remember, and have defined myself as a writer since I was twelve years old. Although I have not yet published any of my novels (currently working on my sixth!), I want nothing more than to be a successful author. I recognize that this isn’t the most practical plan straight out of college—one can’t live off of theoretical royalties—but if I can finance my writing time with a successful online business, I may have a chance.
My combination of a short-term and a long-term plan doesn’t mean that I’m trying to “hedge my bets”—rather, I see it as a way of building towards a goal through incremental steps that are in themselves enriching. Although I originally considered choosing my Communications degree because it was “the closest thing I could get to English here,” I have actually found it to be rewarding in many more ways than I could have previously imagined. I hope that my future endeavors, whether they follow my current plans or not, are equally exciting and unexpected.