By: Muna Ahmad
Everyone has a different path in life. Knowing what you want is important, but don’t be worried if you don’t know what you want right away. Sometimes it takes time to really figure out what you want to do with your life and what direction you want to take in your progressive career. Believing in your self is everything. If you’re not confident and don’t believe in yourself first, then you can’t expect others to feel the same about you.
Growing up as a Muslim woman, there are certain expectations you have to live up to.
I was stuck with the idea that I should choose a career path that would be appealing to my family. When I started high school, my goal was to be a pediatrician. I thought the medical field was what I wanted to do. I breezed through classes and realized I didn’t enjoy what I was doing, even though I knew financially the money would be great in the long run.
When I graduated high school and started my freshman year in community college, I decided to major in criminal justice.
At the time, I liked the idea of having a career in criminal justice but I also didn’t really know what I truly wanted to do. So I chose criminal justice for the time being.
Two years passed by and I transferred to William Paterson University, still majoring in criminal justice. My first semester there I didn’t do too well because I was not focused. My GPA dropped and I had issues with scheduling my next semester so I ended up not registering at all thinking I would be able to continue in the upcoming fall semester. I found out I was forced to withdraw from school for a year because of my low GPA, which put me on probation.
A year passed by and I re-applied to my university and registered for classes, still majoring in criminal justice. I did some research on my school website to see what clubs I could get involved in that were music-related. I found the Music and Entertainment Organization and joined. Being a part of the club has allowed me to meet some great people and be a part of a lot of amazing events on campus. It was the exact kind of club I was looking to be a part of. At this point in my life, I was not progressing and I felt unmotivated with no hope.
After attending a couple of concerts and always having a passion for music, I realized being in the music industry is what excited me and kept me intrigued, so I switched my major to communications with a concentration in public relations and a minor in music management. I came to the conclusion that I wanted to work in the live music area of the industry.
It’s just something about the energy, live music and the artist-to-audience connection at a concert that is exhilarating to me.
So I say all this to say: Never give up! Never surrender! Life isn’t always easy and there will always be road blocks, but the key is to overcome those obstacles and believe you can succeed and get to where you need to be. There were many other obstacles I’ve had to overcome but I did not let them deter me from doing what I want to do.
Smile and keep it pushin’! 🙂