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Ciara Knisely

  • We Are the Future

    by Ciara Knisely | Jul 05, 2017
    <p>As my final year of college, maybe my last year of school ever, approaches, both my excitement and anxiety are starting to set in. This time next year, I have no clue what my life will be like. I have no idea where I&rsquo;ll be going, what I&rsquo;ll be doing, or if I&rsquo;ll have a job lined up. And that is pretty terrifying.</p> <p>I was so excited about graduating early that I forgot that graduation would be creeping up on me a year sooner. I know that a lot can happen in a year and I&rsquo;m sure I&rsquo;ll be ready by then, or at least I hope so. Sometimes I still feel like the little girl walking single-file down the hallway in a line of second-grade classmates, with nervous eyes and wild blonde hair. Definitely not a college student soon to graduate with a Bachelor&rsquo;s degree. </p> <p>When we picture ourselves in the future, we never seem to imagine the person we are right now in that scenario. When I was a kid and I dreamed about this moment, being a twenty-year-old college student with a full-time job, I imagined so much more grandeur and sophistication. Life&rsquo;s not really like that. </p> <p>Sometimes it&rsquo;s dirty, sometimes it&rsquo;s painful, and it&rsquo;s definitely not the life from my childhood dreamscape. </p> <p>It&rsquo;s not easy being a college student right now. Millennials are shoved into a box of corset-tight stereotypes that others can use to ignore our innovations and visions of change. I see the planet rapidly declining, species dying faster than ever before, race relations causing a divide in my home country, and terrorists exacting their anger on innocent civilians, while no one in charge seems to care. </p> <p>What do you do in a world like this? I feel like I have no other option but to desperately advocate for changes that the world is seriously overdue for. There is no option of sitting still. </p> <p>We are living through historical moments now. In fifty years, kids will be learning about what&rsquo;s happening right now, the same way we learned about the Underground Railroad, suffragettes, and the freedom riders. It&rsquo;s taken me a long time to realize that. There is no invisible force that makes history go the right way. Sometimes the bad guys win. It&rsquo;s up to us, right now, to make sure that we take care of the world we live in, people and animals alike. Don&rsquo;t we want to be heroes for the kids reading about us in history books in fifty years?</p> <p>It can feel overwhelming to know that each of us are just trying to build a life, keep it going, and accomplish our own goals along the way, while everything else seems like it&rsquo;s falling apart. </p> <p>On a happier note, at least there are still good things left in the world. When I&rsquo;m sad, usually ten minutes of googling &ldquo;baby animals&rdquo; or &ldquo;puppy videos&rdquo; cheers me right up&hellip; until I get sad about wanting another dog and/or all the animals in the world.&nbsp;</p> <img src="/images/default-source/default-album/ciaraknisely.jpg?sfvrsn=9f96be62_0" data-displaymode="Original" alt="CiaraKnisely" title="CiaraKnisely" /><br /> <p><em>Ciara</em> <em>Knisely &rsquo;18 is an English-Creative Writing major and Journalism minor, and hopes to continue her writing&nbsp;career&nbsp;in the future. She spends her time&nbsp;working at the Writing Center&nbsp;on campus&nbsp;and is a&nbsp;Co-Editor of the Oak Leaves newspaper.</em></p>