I began this winter break not knowing what to do with my life, I had no idea what I wanted to study, what courses I wanted to take, and was doubtful about whether or not I should drop the OPP; but thankfully, I now have a better idea about how my future might pan out.
Through these vacations, I had the chance to be part of a five-week, college preparation program, where I took several classes that allowed me to broaden my knowledge as well as to gain insight on some posible career paths to take;
but it wasn't until arriving to Lima and listening to these two speeches that I was able to make a final decision.
While I was watching Steve Jobs' graduation speech, I found myself relating the dilemma of dropping the OPP to his experience of dropping out of college. In the speech, Jobs specifically says how he followed his intuition and in the end it turned out being the best decision he ever took. See, beyond what Jobs say about finding what he loved, he also ended up finding what he didn't love and took action upon it. He decided that college was not for him, and fled to follow his true passions in life.
As for me, if there is one thing that I am certain of is that the Innovation Academy is my program, and that being said, I had to decide whether I wanted to take Spanish or an elective course. Through the college prep camp I found that the undergrad major I am most interested in is psychology, and me being sure that studying abroad is the right decision for me, the most logical decision to take was to drop the OPP and instead take on a psychology course at school.
Much like Jobs mentioned, taking this decision was pretty scary, many of my peers questioned and had trouble accepting it, but I wasn't about to lead a path into living somebody else's life, so in I chose to trust my gut, to follow my passions and hope that it will all turn out ok. As he said: "There is no reason not to follow your heart."
" Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."
- S T E V E J O B S
The This is water speech, by David Foster Wallace also did quite an impression on me. I was able to identify myself with what David called the 'default setting' mindset on. I commonly find myself being swayed by first impressions or indirect stereotypes that my mind creates; failing to understand the fact that everybody has their own story, a story that I am yet to comprehend. Without knowing these stories, who am I to judge?
But after watching this speech I realized that we are the ones who decide how to perceive reality, we are the ones who decide what to consider and how to react.
“The earth has music for those who listen.”