How My College Entrance Essay Foreshadowed My Life: 3 Things I Couldn’t Live Without

Alyson Swihart Alyson's Thoughts Brewing Wellness

My college entrance essay was one simple question, “If you could only possess 3 things to succeed in this world, what would they be?” Without much hesitation, I wrote down coffee, a piece of paper, and a pencil.  Oh, the foreshadow to these choices.

If I remember correctly, I choose coffee to give me a kick start to my day, and a time to reflect on my thoughts and goals (pretty damn deep for a 17 year old if I say so myself).  But if we look 20 years forward from that essay, who would have thought that a cup of brew would not only wake me up in the morning, but that I would start a business around it. 

As for the paper and pencil, those tools would be used to brainstorm, plan, take notes, and create ideas for any endeavor I took on. Again, propelling myself over the next 20 years, those tools became very handy as a teacher turned non profit education director/ grant writer / small business owner/ mom.

Now the real question is, if I were to write that essay again now, would I change those three items?  I think the answer would be no.  Those three things have been pretty damn handy and my 17 year old self knew that I could craft some amazing things out of them.  So I think I’m going to summon my 17 year old self more, because she knows me pretty well.

What are your three things you can't live without?

And HERE is some other interesting things that I learned while writing!



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