When you live in San Diego and can go to the beach every day, believe it or not, you can grow tired of it. The appeal, novelty, peacefulness and sacredness of the ocean begins to wear off. I don't want that "beach feeling" to ever go away, so I make sure to spend my time else where.
Today, I took my French Bulldog, Aix, to Point Loma Nazarene University (and no, I'm not really religious). After spending about 15 minutes walking the athletic department and sporting fields, which overlook the ocean, I went to the main drag of campus. Actually I'm not sure if that's true, but classes were in session and that's where all the students were hanging out so I assume it was the center of campus.
I was inspired by the youthful students and optimistic of the future. They all seemed to have a passion and purpose. When college students graduate these days, they are going into a rough, unsteady, non-secure job market. Trust me, I've been through it. It's challenging. I am encouraged to see that it does not seem to effect those who are preparing to enter it. Perhaps they have plans to start their own businesses and that is what guides their energy. If they decide to enter big, bad Corporate America, I hope they do it with parachutes on their backs and life boats nearby. They days of Corporate dominance are coming to an end. There is a new culture and generation shift happening on the West Coast and I am excited to be a part of it.
The universities in America are in place to provide an education, knowledge and inspire people to follow their dreams. I can only hope the students of these universities do just that. Don't take just any job, make sure it aligns with your passion. Trust me, you'll be far happier in the long run.