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Being a junior in college is very similar to being a junior in high school, and it’s a little terrifying.

As a junior in high school, many kids are worrying about applying to colleges and where their future will lead them. For me, I didn’t worry as much in high school, but in college it’s a whole new ball game.

Recently, I’ve been finding myself making lists and looking up information to determine where I will end up down the line.

It’s a little scary because as a broadcast journalism major, a lot lies in where you want to go and how you can do it.

In broadcasting, many people don’t find their jobs in their hometowns and the places they have spent their entire lives. This, of course, is not my ideal situation.

I always imagined myself being the kid who was born and died in the same town his whole life just because I’m comfortable here and know the ins and outs of the town.

Recently, it has been hitting me that this isn’t the case if I want to pursue my career. I found myself putting states on my list of locations to apply that I never would have imagined.

Of course there are certain places that are closer to home and only a few hours drive away. The problem with that you may ask? They are higher up on the list of markets and it’s extremely hard to get into those places, especially as a recent college graduate.

Many people start in very small markets and need to work their way up the markets expanding their knowledge and getting to know the business.

My list consists of states both on the East Coast and West Coast and I have absolutely no idea where I’m going to end up. It’s actually terrifying.

I wish there was a way to just stay where I am and stay close to my family and loved ones forever, but that can’t always happen and the chances of that are slim to none.

There is a possibility that when I get older I can come back and be bunkered down here and be happy with where I am and where my career has led me.

I just hope that my family and friends will be proud of me no matter what happens, where I end up and the person I become. I’m sure they will.

There have been so many people that have had a huge impact on my life and led me to where I am today. I can only hope to keep growing and become someone people won’t forget.

My dream, you may ask? I want to be happy, and comfortable with who I am, not what I am. Material items don’t matter to me nearly as much as what people remember me as.

As a journalist, I want to make an impact on the world and make a change for the better. From where I am now, I have a long way to go and I won’t stop until I am totally happy with myself and who I am.

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