I have always had a plan for my life. I was going to move away from home, graduate from college and then get a job that would take me out of Louisiana and allow me to travel.
Recently, I have learned that not everything goes as planned. No matter how long you plan or how hard you work, some things just don’t work out.
I am a recent Louisiana Tech graduate and while it took me longer than expected, I am proud to have a degree from such an amazing university. My plan for after graduation was to move to a bigger city and work for a newspaper and just jump straight into my career.
That didn’t happen. While I am bummed the dreams I had as a little girl aren’t happening the way I intended, I am over-the-moon excited to have the opportunity to work for The Daily Leader.
I wasn’t very excited to stay in Ruston, honestly. It’s a fairly small town and there sometimes isn’t much to do, but if you look in the right places you can find all the entertainment you need. Ruston is expanding and implementing new ideas geared to college-aged kids and I think that is one of the smartest moves the town can make.
Louisiana Tech students make up a chunk of the population ten out twelve months, so why not add things that will make the kids happy.
The city of Ruston is beautiful. It has some of the most gorgeous sunsets I have ever witnessed, and I spent a summer in California where they specialize in killer sunsets. The people are friendly and the food is good. The town is doing a spectacular job of accommodating the growing population of college kids.
Whether locals like it or not, the town is changing, and it’s for the better.
I wasn’t excited to stay in Ruston for another year, but I have started a new job that allows me to do what I love. I am now going to be able to experience Ruston as a non-college student, and while I’m sure it’s not going to be much different, I am excited to see what the future will hold.
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a plan is a method of achieving an end. While I am still planning my future, I know that things won’t always go my way. I won’t always get the job I want, but that will not stop me from looking ahead. I still have an end goal: to do good, be happy and write something that will help. It will happen one day, but for now I will stay in Ruston for a bit longer and soak up all that this small, beautiful, charming town has to offer.
This piece originally appeared in the Ruston Daily Leader