I presume that I’ll still be at Virginia Tech, and I hope that I am content with all of my degree choices. As I’m looking into several special studies for next semester, I hope that they have pulled through to the point where all of my courses are classes that I am excited about. Although challenging classes always present themselves, if I can arrange the timing of my schedule (which granted, is not always in my control) and the particular classes so that I have a healthy semester that I’m looking forward to taking and I’ll be content. With graduation nearing even closer, I hope that I am proactive enough with my post-grad plans so that I can look forward to graduating, rather than nervous about entering independent life. I’d like to acquire some form of international service- related internship, whether it’s located in the US or otherwise. Hopefully I will be a member of the biological sciences honor society, and I would really like to hold a position with VT international affairs, in any department.
At 25, I hope to have lived and served abroad. Whether I am currently living in the US or not, I hope have some fluency in more than two languages. As the next five years is a time frame I’ve already given myself to explore different career options, I hope that I have become more decisive and sure of a direction than I currently am. Perhaps I am perusing that now. At this point, I hope I am looking toward higher education or an equal alternative that enhances my passions as well as career opportunities. While living abroad will pose certain challenges and difficulties, I plan on keeping music an active part of my life. I’d like to have the time and resources to keep practicing the instruments I’m already familiar with, and/or whatever new musical opportunities I come across in my communities. I also hope that of these places I intend to visit, dwell with, and serve, I have prioritized coastline communities. Though it’s been challenging, yet rewarding, to live in the mountains, at this point I hope I managed to spend some period of time near an aquatic horizon. As surfing, and the ocean in general, has been such a positive, healing part of my life thus far, I think it could only supplement my early-twenties development as well as provide company in places that may not be easy to live in.
Now officially out of my twenties, I hope I am proud of the past decade. As a 30-year old, I hope I have stuck to my gut and followed paths of happiness. At this point, I would like to be looking toward more permanent career options that offer more benefits to utilize in the far future. I would like to be actively saving for retirement, college funds, and other living expenses, and pray to have stumbled upon a career that facilitates that while also giving me pleasure to show up at work on a Monday morning. I’d like to either live near family, or have some sort of plan that allows for frequent visiting. While I may still be abroad, I am not sure I will be quite as nomadic and would like to have more opportunities for visiting friends and family than temporary jobs may allow. I would like to maintain foreign language skills, musical skills, and the passion for art in addition (or within) my career choice. I’d like to have publications that I am proud of, or some form of more advanced writing that plays a part in my daily life. I also hope that exercise and nutrition have stayed as important to me as they are in 2012, and that I have utilized them to make the most of my youth and physical capabilities. In this regard, I hope that my health (especially that which I have control over) has not prohibited me from embracing opportunities, and that I have laid strong habits and practices to lead me through the following years with relative ease. I also would love to have shared all of these interests and desires of mine with others, and hopefully use my college education to intelligently contribute to global societies in a way that creates a self-sustainable culture for regions where it is not present. Regardless of romantic relationships or marriage, I hope to have formed lasting friendships and intimate bonds with the people I have met, and that may mean being friendly, considerate, and open to new relationships. When I turn thirty, I hope to have only added to the list of things that make me feel whole and happy, without regrets of passions forgotten or opportunities that haven’t been seized.