“What are you doing after graduation?” Says the sophomore with enthusiasm to me as we walk down the yellow mellow corridor. This is where I get really creative and I answer “I think I’m going to New Zealand and I’ll get a job there.” After I say this nonchalantly, I grin. She opens her eyes wildly, and surprised, smiles wildly at me. I look at her and see myself asking that same question to all the seniors I possibly could two years ago. They all said I don’t know, please don’t ask, some even looked at me offended at the question. Now that I’m on the other side, I understand. Truth is, they (homo sapiens) all want to hear something exhilarating about my plans after graduation, and I do as well. So, I say something plausible and hope it happens. Why not? Why not pretend that I might go to New Zealand to surf, live off the land, and bungee jump. Knowing myself, I know that I may end up in any corner of the world.
The sophomore walks away, maybe planning how great it’s going to be when she graduates rather than frightenedly contemplate how the rest of her life will go after graduation. They all ask, the birds, the cafeteria people, the librarians, the waiters at restaurants, all underclassman, puppies, and my cousins. So what am I really doing after graduation? Everything! I am going to do everything I can that will make me happy. I plan to become a lawyer, yoga instructor, writer, poet, marathon runner, artist, and best of all, a great cook with my herb garden, also a carpenter, and multilingual. You see, they all forget that after graduation I have the rest of my life. That’s a relatively long time for me. I will dedicate this lifetime to experiences that will make me happy, and if not, experiences filled with mistakes that will consequently teach me to love myself more. That’s my answer.
To be happy is a skill we ought to practice every day, a skill focused on our mind, bodies, and spirit –Wuisa Fernanda
Here is a bit about me: Name is Wuisa! I’m a nonconformist nomad, adventurer and seeker of pleasure. A twenty-one-year-old explorer. In search of those petit unforgettable blissful moments in life. Born in Bogotá, Colombia in the Andes Mountains where fall-like weather is eternal. I’m in my last semester of college at Randolph College in vintage Lynchburg, Virginia, taking 20.5 academic credits. An Environmental Studies major with a minor in French. I love to stay busy and go for long distance runs in the forest. If sunbathing naked were a sport, I would have countless gold medals. I find Ayn Rand’s views on objectivism brilliant, and I think Chuck Palahniuk is a creative genius. I am obsessed with Frida Kahlo‘s paintings and Pablo Neruda’s Poems. In my spare time, I write poetry, cook and watch foreign films. I promise you this, one day I’m going to stop whatever I’m doing, buy a ticket to Paris, then buy a ridiculously expensive camera and sleep in a tent near the Eiffel Tower. Never forget inspiration is endless. Pas.