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Hand holding compass in search of direction

Up until the age of 22, I had a very clear purpose: Finish school, graduate college and get a job. I completed multiple internships in college, got good grades and was very involved in the journalism school at my university. I knew what my purpose was as a student; society and my parents had almost entirely determined and defined it for me – finish school or I was on my own, without any help from my parents.

So once I graduated from college and the excitement of never having another midterm wore off, I felt a bit lost in the sauce. I eventually got a job in journalism, and once again, I felt as though I had a purpose. I was absolutely convinced I would change the world through journalism, and all my life’s decisions were shaped by that goal. The long hours and low pay at my first journalism job were par for the course. It was all part of the plan – one step on the long staircase of my career. Hardship was a bit easier to digest when I knew I was working toward something.

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