Letter from the Editor: Stop Looking Ahead

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I am the kind of person who likes to look ahead. I read the last few pages of books before I read the beginning, because I can’t stand the uncertainty. I look up the plot of movies and TV shows on Wikipedia before I start them, because I need to know what happens in the end.

As a graduating senior, my penchant for skipping to the end has become problematic. Talking to other students about their plans, I’ve found that others are feeling something close to the same thing.

As of now, I don’t know what I’m doing after graduation. This is life; there is no fast-forward button, no preview to watch and no Wikipedia page describing the plot of my life.

And even for those students who know where they’re going and what they’re going to be doing, the future is still uncertain. Many of us are going off to different cities, different states without the security blanket of a set plan or a vision of the future.

I’m trying to convince myself that my fear of the unknown is not entirely a bad thing—fear is a very good motivator, and if I’m honest with myself, the fear is laced with a little bit of thrill. The not knowing is supposed to be the fun part, the part that makes movies worth watching, and, consequently, life worth living. So, Class of 2015, I encourage you to stop looking for the plot summary and just hit play.

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