I turn 21 in a week... My mind is absolutely blown by this fact. Although so many of my friends are already of legal drinking age (thanks, summer birthday for forcing me to stay home while my friends went to 21+ clubs), it feels kind of surreal. This is one of my last milestone birthdays, and everything just goes downhill from here... Kidding.
Today I came across this video from BuzzFeed on Facebook. Go ahead and watch.
If you didn't watch, I'll sum it up. Girl finds journal from her childhood where she made a bucket list of things she wanted to do by 25, and she's accomplished none of them. She questions all of her life choices, and feels upset. Her friend reminds her how lucky she is, and tells her to make a new bucket list.
Now this video hit me HARD. My life hasn't taken the direction I expected it to take when I was younger.
1) I expected to attend a different school... Preferably a private university in an urban area. My top choices included NYU, Boston University, and American University.
Now I love UF more than any of those other schools. I'm not in an inordinate amount of debt. I'm in a program that is way more innovative than I could have ever imagined. I get to watch football games. I'm close enough to home that I don't need to take a plane to get back.
2) I expected to major in something writing-centric or political science... But I really wanted to major in creative writing deep down. I eventually headed to print (or online) journalism with a focus in entertainment or investigative.
I realized that I didn't want to write articles for the rest of my life. My love for journalism is now more based in news itself rather than writing. I use computers constantly, and I want to work in TV or online media. Entertainment journalism sounds like my worst nightmare now. I'm definitely still interested in investigative journalism one day, though.
3) I'd live in a VERY cool apartment with two roommates, tops. The dream was a studio that was kind of dingy, but with "lots" of personal space.
I live in work housing with up to 8 different people. This summer was the first time I've ever had my own bathroom. I had to share a room last year. My work housing is also in the back of a church. I abide by church rules.
4) I'd edit the student paper.
The TV/Radio station is just as cool, thank you very much.
5) I'd go to parties constantly, and not be affected by it at all.
I have the weirdest schedule, and that leaves no time for going out... but let's be honest: I hate going out either way. Netflix is so much better.
6) I would DEFINITELY study abroad in either Italy, the UK, Ireland, or Russia.
I'm not studying abroad. I have neither the time nor money to do that, and I didn't feel like taking out a loan to do it.
7) The summer before my senior year I would have an internship with a newspaper or magazine... Preferably the New York Times.
I was nowhere near working for the Times. I was offered a potential internship in New York at a small website, but I chose not to take it because I didn't want to fall behind in my classes and because it was unpaid. I haven't decided if I'm going to take an internship the summer after I graduate yet.
8) I'd be in a serious relationship with someone just as ambitious as I am, and headed towards either law school, med school, or an extremely successful job.
I don't talk about my relationship status online, first of all... I will say that any college relationships that I have been in haven't been that serious. I think that fact would REALLY disappoint 13-year-old Ali.
But you know what? I'm okay with the direction that my life has taken me. I can't wait to see what happens next.
Even if that means I'm not married by 26, like I expected.
Multiplatform journalist. University of Florida Grad. Last seen at News21 and WUFT News.
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