As many would say, “it’s now or never.” Many people can agree that usually when this line is said, it’s someone’s friend pressuring them to do something they might be on the fence about. But it really is a true piece of advice. We’re all young—if not in age, by heart. Many of us have dreams or an expectation to get out of life. As many, if not all of us, know that isn’t how it works—we can’t mail a letter to the North Pole to have everything on our Christmas List come true. But there are certain things in life that we can choose to do or skip out on.
Sometimes these opportunities only are available to you at certain periods in your life. Things like going to prom in high school; if you don’t go then, you most likely will never be able to attend that dance ever again. But if you think about it, not many decisions are based off of these kinds of unique situations. Most of the time it’s a chance of many, and it’s all in your head.
Money, locations and connections can be an asset in helping decision making. Since most KSC students are full time students, not many have full time jobs—so as far as job offers, that’s something we let the seniors cringe about. But many of us have part time jobs. So we do face decisions whether to take off the weekend to hang out with friends, or to pick up extra hours at work.
Right now, in college, we are telling ourselves and our friends, “C’mon, it’s now or never.” Meaning you can’t skip the career fair because what if you find the one and only employer that fits you. You can’t miss the dollar wells, because it’s dollar wells!
Those situations are something that isn’t a come and go opportunity. Sometimes they’re both, for example the Spring concert. Yes, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie does have other concerts that the students that couldn’t get tickets could go to, yet the fact that it’s at KSC makes the world of a difference. This makes it a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
But you can’t live your life saying, “What if.” The fear of missing out, also known as FOMO, is a very real feeling especially brought on by social media targeting the younger age groups. Verywellfamily.com wrote, “FOMO is especially common in people ages 18 to 33. In fact, one survey found that about two-thirds of people in this age group admitted to experiencing FOMO regularly.”
When people are in between that age group, many could argue that that’s their bodies prime and the time to go do adventurous things. But how are we supposed to go on exotic vacations or go to expensive concerts when we are knee deep in school work and debt?
Many students are not in an ideal situation, but we’re here for a reason: to learn. Different opportunities and experiences are offered to each student. They’re everywhere.
And it may come to your surprise that most of these once-in-a-lifetime opportunity aren’t the only ones that you’ll come across. Believe and work hard.
Kiana Wright can be contacted