Before college everyone stressed the importance of being well rounded. You're required to take math, science, English, and something in the arts and highly encouraged to join a sports team too. Everyone did this and it usually revealed their strengths and weaknesses and helped them figure out what they wanted to do with their life. I consistently heard students complain about having to take classes they knew they weren't going to need in their future career, because they weren't good at it and therefore wouldn't major in anything having to do with it. I never really understood their pain however, because I was your average well rounded student.

Now I understand how it may be odd or even frustrating to see me complain about being well rounded. I never struggled in classes and always made A’s, but I also never stood out. Memorizing came easily to me, numbers always made sense, and accessing my creative mind was never an issue, but I never had that one thing that I thrived in. I never had something that seemed like a true gift. I was always good, but hardly ever great.

Now in college being well rounded should open doors. While most of my peers were limited to the majors that encompassed what they’re good at, I could do anything. But being able to do everything makes it difficult to fall in love with one thing. Every subject intrigues me in a different way, but not enough to imagine myself doing it for the rest of my life.

And that brings me to my fourth major change in one year. From cinema studies, to psychology, to pre-dental, and now a double major in graphic design and advertising each major attracted me in a different way and had me change to something else for different reasons. (But don’t worry Mom and Dad I really do feel good about the last choice) The connection between these majors that may otherwise seem completely unrelated is that they all harnessed an ability I am good at, but left me question if I was good enough. I may be creative, but can I compete with someone whose work at the age of 5 looked like it could’ve been in a museum? I may be smart, but will I even have a chance when compared to someone who can do calculus in their head like it’s simple addition? But then I found the secret to beating out the competition.


Honestly, Nike was onto something. I will constantly find people better than me, but if they don’t have the courage to do, then it doesn’t matter their abilities. Doing is the hardest part even for those who seem like the best of the best. I have no idea how to run a website, but if I waited for when I did know I would’ve already lost the perfect opportunity to start one. In the wise words of The Office, ““You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take - Wayne Gretzky” -Michael Scott”

Here’s my point. Natural talents and abilities are a great tool to have, but they can never beat out hard work. I have drive and determination and that’s enough to bring this average well rounded student to something truly incredible. I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m in a full sprint and I’m not slowing down anytime soon and that will be my gift.


Barbara Januszkiewicz 

"Creative thinking inspires ideas. Ideas inspire change."

Pablo Picasso

"The chief enemy of creativity is 'good' sense."


Yo-Yo Ma

"Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you're passionate about something, then you're more willing to take risks."