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When I was a kid I would always say what I wanted to be when I grow up. Like a doctor, scientist, astronaut, a singer, or even a movie star. I am sure that everyone had dreams like this when they were little. For me, these dreams stayed with me until my sophomore year of high school.

Through middle school, I always wanted to follow my dream career. But through those years I learned more about myself. My wants, beliefs, goals, and what I love doing. Therefore I also learned that my dream careers weren’t the right ones for me. Yes, they make a pretty penny, making my life very comfortable later on.

But here is the real question... Would I be happy doing these careers?

I would have money, but would I have truly known the meaning of true happiness? Of course, the pursuit of happiness is something that everyone wants to achieve.

So, I decided to pursue my real dream career as a writer, which is still a dream career, but that doesn’t mean it's impossible. Slowly taking steps, writing every day, getting a writing mentor after school, entering and winning essay scholarships.

In the course of this, before I decided to pursue my own happiness, I was undeclared. I didn’t know what I wanted to do. Which I now know is more common in people that are my age, nowadays. One of the many purposes that high school holds is to discover who you are and who you want to become. The feeling of being undeclared is more than frustrating. Guessing what colleges are right to apply to, wondering what classes will be the best for you next year, which for me is my senior year.

It’s a rut that feels like nothing but a pause, in future decision-making especially. In high school, if you are ever experiencing something similar to this, don’t worry – your time will come, when you know what is right for you.

It might not be as fast as you think.

I was undeclared from the beginning of my sophomore year to my late junior year. Sometimes, you might graduate high school undeclared, which is much more hindering. It could decrease your chances of being accepted into colleges, but some colleges also see that as something that is normal, and of course you can always change your major later on.

It may take time to discover what path you are going to take. Something important to remember is to never let green pieces of paper control what you do and what you want in life. Do what will make you happy, even if the path there only seems like a pause, that will eventually have an end in the pursuit of your own happiness.

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