I entered college hungry to be a part of something big and great, hungry to discover who I wanted to be and to discover the things that made my heart rate skyrocket. I had dabbled with my “passions” in high school, I knew I loved to sing and I enjoyed occasionally exercising. I loved to be people too and I loved what a single human was capable of, let alone what they could achieve together. But as a high school teen, these insights didn’t mean much to me and I didn’t know how to develop these casual likes into pursuable passions until I reached college.
I do not believe you will ever come across another time or place in your life where everything is at your fingertips because everything has been thought of as a possibility. Literally walk onto a college campus and choose any club or activity (if not multiple) in which you would like to partake in, and if what you want isn’t somehow already strolling around on campus, you can create it!
Number one rule to discovering the passions you didn’t know you had: do NOT be afraid to try anything. If something sparks your interest even for a moment, run with that instinct and allow yourself to learn new things about yourself which will possibly help guide your future and career!
For me, my passions overwhelmingly became about entertainment, and a college campus is a pristine place to find just about every kind of it. From every genre of music, to theatre, art, stand up comedy, and improv groups, entertainment thrives at colleges.
Whether you’re in a metropolitan city or a one-horse town who’s largest venue is likely to be a coffee house, I strongly suggest exploring entertainment in and around your college.
Music is creative, inspiring, relaxing, exciting, social…why not partake in something that effects all humans’ emotions? You can take elective classes in singing or playing certain instruments, or even in the history of the Beatles or rock’n’roll. Join music ensembles or simply see shows and concerts and be a supporter!
The bottom line is that music is a universal language, something that your friends will love to indulge in along side you. Explore your new college town and listen to live bands at restaurants, bars, and clubs. I can guarantee you music is a thrilling passion to have, it may effect everyone differently, and you may not all of a sudden want a music career once you enter college, but music is a grand source of entertainment, social involvement, and passions!