April 27 2016

What’s Next?

It’s National Tell A Story Day. Here, Carly Kahan,  a rising sophomore at the University of Michigan, tells us what’s next in her story.

smileySeven months have gone by since I took my first step onto the University of Michigan campus as a freshman student. Though I experienced a combination of nerves and anxiety, there was no need. Exciting. Happy. Fun. Incredible. Those are the words I now use to describe the past seven months. There is no way to quantify the number of selfies, dining hall meals, broken iPhone screens, and laughs that will forever be remembered.

So, despite the many nights studying until 3 a.m., crying because of stress, or time spent trying to figure out our major or career choice, there is one question that seems to linger among all of us. 

image courtesy of C. Kahan

image courtesy of C. Kahn

Though each person can try to formulate an answer, the truth is none of us really know. None of us really know what is going to happen 10 years from now; none of us really know what is going to happen 10 minutes from now. As a student who just finished her first year at college, I am starting and ending my freshman year still having no idea what I want my career path to look like or what the future holds for me. But, college has taught me a few things that are worth noting before deciding what’s next.

People are going to try to tell you no, give you a bad grade, or stand in the way of you achieving your goal. Prove them wrong.

Take advantage of nights out, game days, and opportunities to be with friends.

image courtesy of C. Kahan

image courtesy of C. Kahan

 It is not worth the tears to get upset over one bump in the road because college will present itself with plenty of obstacles.

Sleep. Sleep. And more sleep.

Friends are forever!

image sourced via C. Kahan

image sourced via C. Kahan


These are only five of the many takeaways that I have learned from my freshman year, which I have learned are more valuable than an A on an exam or declaring a major.

As summer approaches and the question of “What’s next?” continues to linger, I find myself still unsure of what the future holds for me. The world is limitless with its opportunities and resources, giving people more the reason to keep their options open and try a variety of things.

College is a time to explore, meet new people, have fun, and, yes, even study at times.

So, what’s next? For right now, you do not have to know.

I don’t even know what I’m having for dinner tonight!


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