The Trip of Destiny
Yesterday, as I waited patiently in que amongst the throng of CSUCI graduates I spent a good five minutes reflecting on what an insane adventure I’ve been on for the last four years. The Balloon Project and all of the tremendous experiences I was privy to by doing it, the CO2 lasers that I kept in my dorm, the Nut Crusher… and for a brief moment I was tempted to go speak with each and every one of my teachers who were to be giving me a grade that semester and request that they fail me, just so I could keep on keepin on in the way I have grown so accustomed to.
I literally punched myself for my stupidity. I don’t go to class, I don’t do assignments, lectures make me suicidal, and homework tickles my gag reflex. Traditional school is not the place for me in the least. The only reason I graduated in the timely fashion that I did was because CSUCI has a hidden secret major–Liberal Studies concentrated option–that allows all those who are secure with the idea of a practically worthless degree (from an academic perspective) to explore as many disciplines and topics that they would like for four years. That and the fact that I had a few teachers who broke the mold when it comes to teaching and flexibility, that is why I graduated.
I think the reason for my angst has something to do with the fact that I have been in school for the last 16 years of my life and that has been my primary source of life experience. What more could I possibly know about life outside of academia? I’ve had my fair share of jobs–lugging around Christmas trees, waiting tables, mowing lawns and then sub-contracting the neighborhood kids to mow my lawns for me (at a much lower rate)… But seriously, how scary is the prospects of *gasp* getting a job? And why is it scary? I’m sure there are so many neat and exciting professions and experiences available for the taking, but how do I find out about them–and how can I get to know the world outside of school a little bit better?
So this is my big plan: Readers–new and old–of iamkosta.org– Do you do something that you feel is completely interesting? What is your greatest idea? Do you happen to know of a certain group, company, or organization that is doing something truly unique and interesting? I would love to hear about it, and I would love to come see it.
I will be getting in my car in one week and embarking on an adventure of a lifetime. I will be visiting some of the most interesting places to learn more about the jobs and opportunities available, I will be meeting the most brilliant minds in hopes of creating partnerships and to learn more about the people that I live amongst. I will be on the hunt for the people that have new ideas and new experiences to share with me. If you, your company, or someone you know is up for a visit and a chat, so am I, e-mail me: kosta@iAmKosta.org
My journey will be documented on IamKosta.org in photographs and in writing. Stay tuned to iamkosta.org for updates!