Class of 2020: WHAT ARE YOUR DREAMS?

Do you remember your first day of high school?  

I did not sleep at all. I planned my whole outfit the night before and switched it like ten more times. I ended up wearing ripped, burgundy, high-waisted shorts, a white t-shirt tucked in, and of course, my white converse.  

Not gonna lie, I felt pretty cool.  

Although I cared so much about how others perceived me in high school, the next four years of my life caused me to discover who I really wanted to be.  

My goal is to encourage you.  

Valerie jamming out with her high school Vice Principal

It is to remind you that who you were in high school doesn’t have to be who you are for the rest of your life. It simply gives an idea as to where you would like to take your life. For example, throughout high school, I decided that I was going to become a doctor. It’s quite popular for Filipinos, like myself, to become nurses. But to be honest, I wanted to go beyond being a nurse, so I decided to become a doctor. However, by senior year I realized that I did not want to go to medical school.  

I actually really loved to sing and make music. I was hesitant about this decision because I knew that doing what I love could not guarantee me “success.” But I chose to do the risky thing and pursue what I love. I remember taking my guitar to school and singing songs in my class or jamming out with my vice Principal. Sometimes my teacher would even pause the lesson just for me to do a performance.

Whether it was singing the national anthem, leading worship in my public school, or playing in the talent show, playing music for others gave me so much life. Seeing the impact music had on my campus made me want to pursue it.  

But enough about me, this is about YOU.  

You have graduated!  

But you might be thinking to yourself: What now? What major will I take? What will I do next?  

This might be stressful or exciting to think about, but I encourage you to ask yourself these questions:  

What really gives me life?  

What is it that I want to contribute to this world?  

God has given you a unique calling and it involves the very thing that you love to do. 

I love the way Frederick Buechner says it.

He says God calls you to “the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet”

Wishful Thinking, 1973

And remember, we are NOT in a rush.  

We are in the middle of a pandemic where everything is on pause.  

Take this time to ponder your life and what you would like to do!  

God gives us the time we need to get there. However, it starts with you.  

Will you choose to serve the world with the very thing that serves you?  

Go forth, class of 2020! 

By Valerie Bonoan