Working at a Language Resource Center

Many students go into college not knowing what they want to do. They don’t know what they want to major in, what kind of career they want, but they can still know their interests or what they are passionate about outside of the classroom. When it comes to careers and jobs, there are endless possibilities. Sometimes we get wrapped up in the options that are the most common, so much so that we don’t think outside the box. Have you ever thought that your dream job may already exist but you just don’t know it? This happened to me during my freshman year of college when I found out that our school had a Language Resource Center on campus.

I love learning languages. I want to learn languages and help others learn them. The moment I walked into the LRC and saw the different language decorations, the word of the week written on the board in many different languages, and the technological resources to study languages, I knew that I wanted to work there. I could sit in there all day and the best part is that I would get paid for it.

Three years later, I got a job working there. I now sit at the front desk, welcoming people and assisting students that want to use the language technology. My job also consists of writing for the LRC blog, event planning, making sure everything looks nice and works well, and helping students check books out of our foreign language library. Although I won’t be able to work at the LRC as a student worker after I graduate, I still got to have what was my college dream job.

You may not know what you want to do in life. You may not even know what step you want to take currently. However, you may also not know that there is already a dream job out there waiting for you. Open your eyes to what is around you. Just like your next significant other can come into your life when you least expect it, so can an amazing opportunity in your life. Look in unlikely places and you never know what you may find. People used to make videos for fun. Now, being a YouTuber has become a full-time job for some people. You never know what you might find if you seek. Even if you don’t know what you’re seeking for, seek.

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Do What You Love

Last month, while sitting in church, I had told the congregation that I was going to be taking the GRE. I said that I was worried about the test, but even more importantly, about my future because I do not know exactly what I want to do after college. The man standing at the pulpit, who was somewhere in his 60s, responded, “I’m 60 and I still don’t know what I want to do either.”

Why is it so hard to decide what career path we are going to choose? There are two kinds of people: those who tell us to follow our heart and do what we love in order to get fulfillment and others who put pressure on us to get a job that we may not love but will keep us financially stable.

Being a senior in college, I have only had a very small taste of the real world. However, there is something I have realized in the past year when I went abroad. You can already start to do what you love without it being your career.

I love writing and I enjoy helping others. I started this blog as a means to keep friends and family updated on my travels while I studied in Europe. After having returned to the United States, I still keep up with this blog for the purpose of helping those who will be going abroad themselves. I write about content that I wish I knew before going abroad, being the worrier that I am. I also have a YouTube channel that goes by the same name as this blog. There, I documented all my trips using foreign languages, and now I dedicate it to helping others learn languages.

What you love does not have to be successful for you to enjoy it. In a world where anyone can create a blog or make YouTube videos, getting subscribers is difficult and very competitive. Currently, I have a small following on both my blog and my YouTube channel compared to those who have thousands of followers, but that has not stopped me from creating content for the purpose of helping others. My goal is to help someone. If my blog or channel goes viral one day because of that, then so be it. If not, I am still happy that I am helping the small group of people subscribed to me.

It is important to live a life you enjoy. Being a college student can be both monotonous and overwhelming. I hear that the real world is worse. If you do not give yourself time to do what you love, whether it is volunteering, playing a sport, or making crafts, you will get burnt out and bored with life.

Winston Churchill once said, “Never give up on something¬†that you can’t go a day without thinking about.” I am already doing what I want to do. I get fulfillment out of seeing how happy people get when they understand a difficult grammar concept in Spanish or French, or when they get excited rather than worry about traveling.

You too can start doing what you love.