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Bringing It Home – The Saint Rose Blog

Welcome to my Blog!

My name is Ashley Jalease Young and I am a senior at The College of Saint Rose studying sociology and writing. I am from Brooklyn, N.Y. The number one question that most people ask after they find out that I am a senior is,“What’s next?”  Time after time, I respond with something along the lines of, “I honestly do not know” or, “We will see…” I feel like I’m supposed to have a definite answer to their hopeful inquiries, but I just do not.

Duh duh duh!

Sometimes my mind goes on a rampage wondering why I seem to be the only one still undecided. I mean, come on! All of my friends have an idea of what their “dream job” is and I’m just… I’m just here. While I’m here I work hard, get excellent grades, and stay involved on campus. But what about after graduation?

Once my heart rate slows down and I  begin to breathe normally, I respond to my ever- frazzled mind with a much needed reality check. First, I remind myself that no matter how it seems other people have doubts and uncertainties just like me. Life is not a one shot deal, especially not for my generation. Most people do not stay in one position or field for their entire career. I find comfort in knowing that I still have time.

The problem is not that I have few interests. The real problem is that I have so many! My first passion is singing. I love to sing and listening other people sing. This year, I joined the Golden Notes, which is the mixed a cappella group at Saint Rose. I love to dance. Being a member of the ALANA steppers gives me the opportunity to mix dance and stepping for performances. I also enjoy writing, but maybe you already knew that (hint hint: this blog). Photography is a relatively new interest, but the best thing about something new is the fervor that comes with it.

As I complete my senior year, I am on a mission to do the things that genuinely make me happy. I’ve decided to surround myself with people and things that bring me joy. Since it is my last year as an undergraduate student, I plan to leave feeling fulfilled.

I wonder if any other seniors feel as anxious as I tend to feel? Are your worries the same as mine? Are they different?

  12 comments for “Welcome to my Blog!

  1. Kimball J Brown "GodDaddy"
    October 5, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    This is wonderful Ash. Expressions of your final year at St. Rose. God has laid out the path for your Life…as you follow Him, He reveals the where, the what and the when. Don’t stress over it. When the time arrives it will flow like milk and honey. Your blessings are stored up and they await you. “No Good thing will be withhold from them that walk upright before him….”

    Love you for ever ever…..

    God Daddy

    • December 13, 2011 at 7:25 PM

      How did you know what you wanted to do in life?

  2. Van Don
    October 5, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    🙂 Trust me….im right there with u….thinking about my next steps but i wanna make sure that im still in God’s will.

    • December 13, 2011 at 7:24 PM

      What are your plans after graduation?

    October 6, 2011 at 5:27 AM

    Ashley with your potential you will always have choices!! And because you are such an awesome young lady I know you will make the right one!!!! Love ya!!!

  4. December 4, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Thank you!!!
    I’m leaving it in God’s hands.
    Van Don, what are your plans?

  5. December 13, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    Thank you for commenting!
    I appreciate the positive feedback. I hope to see more comments from you in the future.

  6. December 13, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    Thank you!
    I hope that if you have any similar experiences you will share them with us.

  7. Dwight Curwen
    December 13, 2011 at 7:59 PM

    I was a Psych major in College. I thought I would end up as a clinical psychologist based on my studies. Little did I know that all my steps were being “ordered” to a totally different field. The internships that I was accepted for all revolved around education. My highest scores were in my Education classes. Now I teach 6th grade English. Sometimes we have plans and find that our lives have already in some unique (maybe divine) way been mapped out for us. We slowly, casually, painstakingly fall into the roles and dreams that we have been destined to fulfill. I look forward to seeing you fall into the arms of your dreams. Hopefully, you are as happily surprised as I was when it comes to pass. Bless…

    • December 13, 2011 at 8:15 PM

      I hope that I fall gracefully into the career path that is meant for me. I seem to be floating right now, but I am certain things will work together at the right time. I have been learning about some great options I never thought of and that is exciting!

  8. December 14, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    If you are interested in photography you should take a black and white photo class at Saint Rose as an elective or audit it. You would learn a lot and your passion would definitely grow. As a recent Saint Rose grad with a BFA in Graphic Design, you would not regret taking a class in photography, especially since Saint Rose is one of the last schools that use film, which is the basis/foundations for all photography.

    • December 14, 2011 at 7:11 PM

      Thank you for your comment!
      I wanted to take that course, but it is only offered during two of my major requirements. I plan on taking a course back home over the Summer and beyond. I am excited to learn more.

      I think it is so cool that you got your BFA in Graphic Design! What made you chose that major?

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