In the next 3-5 years, there are a lot of things I am going to have to take care of in order to ensure my success. Right now I’m just hoping I can graduate high school and get As and Bs in all of my classes. By next year, I hope to attend Bethany College and begin to pursue a degree in sports communications in order to put myself on the path to a career in automotive journalism. While attending this college, I will also be given the opportunity to participate in an incredible athletic program, as I will be a member of the college’s track and cross country teams. Doing this will not only keep me physically fit, but it will also have a positive effect on my academic performance (as I have learned that I do best in school when I am participating in a sport). I want to go to Bethany because I feel that their sports journalism program is a very unique opportunity that will provide me with instruction that is heavily concentrated and specific to my desired career.
At college, I know that I am only going to be able to focus my time and efforts on two things: academics and running. I know that my schoolwork is going to consume a great deal of time and that any spare time I have is most likely going to be spent at cross country practices, cross country meets, indoor track practices, indoor track meets, track practices, and track meets. This makes for a fairly rigorous schedule. Nevertheless, I am kind of looking forward to college. I am going to try to enjoy running as much as I possibly can. I have visited the college that I want to attend and feel that their designated areas for studying and schoolwork (which you can go to any time you have time to spare) are great places with a relaxed atmosphere. My mom is going to probably be even more stressed out than I am when I go to college. I think it will take her a long time to adjust to the fact of me being gone for so long. I know she’ll come to as many of my cross country and track meets (even though, according to the school’s schedule, some of the meets are in minnesota and other far away places like that). I know that I am going to have to take a lot of english and writing classes, as my major is focused in that area. Once I get out of college, I hope to work for a popular automobile magazine company (either Motor Trend or Car and Driver). I want to be able to drive and write about fast cars and get paid for it. I think my knowledge of automobiles and my passion for writing will allow me to be successful in this career field (and I hope I am right). Then, I am going to start saving every dollar I earn (i’ll probably still be living in my mom’s house for a while) so I can buy two things: a black procharged Pontiac Trans Am WS6 with Weld RTS wheels and a Yamaha YZ450F dirt bike. If I can get these two things, I’ll be happy (along with a house, at some point, of course). I want to go fast. I want to be able to do the things I enjoy (there’s nothing I enjoy more than being in fast cars and riding dirtbikes and four wheelers) (i’d say I want to be a professional supercross rider or automobile racer, but that isn’t feasible). To do that, I need to make money. To make money, I need to have a job. The way I see it, there is no point doing a job I don’t enjoy. I’m not going to be a brain surgeon driving a Corvette Z06 to work everyday, but I am not going to need to know how to perform a biopsy either. Plus, hopefully, I’ll get to drive a Corvette Z06 (and many other awesome cars) at least once when I am at my job on famous racetracks at speeds faster than I would ever be able to drive one on the road. As an automotive journalist, I should get the opportunity to drive fast cars all of the the time. Hopefully, I get to do a lot of articles on sports cars (like Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Koenigseggs, and, of course, Corvettes), but I know that there will be times where I will have to settle for driving SUVs and luxury sedans instead. All I know is that, no matter what I am writing an article about, I am going to make sure that the article reflects my abilities as a writer and an automobile reviewer, performing to the best of my ability to ensure my success in the career I wish to pursue at the company I long to be a part of. Then, after long days of work, I want to go home and ride my dirtbike on a self-made track in my backyard for a few minutes, eat dinner, make sure I am caught up on work that needs done, maybe play a little Xbox, and go to bed. At some point in my life, I would like to get my 491 page informational novel about automobiles published. If I ever have time, I may start writing a new story in my spare time and maybe try to get it published. I would be surprised if, after so many years, I still see the same friends that I am hanging out with now. I hope money isn’t too much of an issue in my life. I’m not worried about making millions, I just want to make enough money to be able to live comfortably. I want to own a procharged WS6, a Yamaha YZ450F dirt bike, and live in a relatively nice house (one very similar to the one I live in with my parents now). Money may be a problem at first, but hopefully not for long. I can’t stress enough how much I just want to make enough money to live comfortably. I am not worried about making a great deal of money. Sure, I’d love to be a millionaire, but realistically I don’t think that I will be, considering the career I want to have. I just want to make enough to live like I have been living for the past 18 years (enough money to have a nice house, enjoy some fun things without running my bank account dry, and own a fast car and a dirtbike). That would make me happy.
If I accomplish everything I want to accomplish in the next three to five years, things should look pretty good for me. I hope that I do not have any trouble finding a job after I receive my degree (which I know is a real problem for many college graduates in this day and age). If everything goes as planned, I’ll be getting paid to write about and drive fast cars. I’ll have a 450cc dirt bike and a Pontiac Trans Am. I’ll be able to just enjoy life, being with my family and friends and doing the things that I love. That is what is most important to me. That is what I want out of life.