As part of the Random House “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” scholarship application, when prompted to describe the challenges she would face on her higher education journey Chelsea penned this Seuss-ical response that express her adventurous spirit and her excitement about a new chapter in her life.
By: Chelsea King
Oh, the places I’ll go, I know certainly not. I know though, I know, that where ever I go I’ll learn a great many things not just about history or math, but in fact, about the Great Balancing Act. I’ll travel great distance. I’ll live far from home. I might just find myself all alone. But, nevertheless find myself I will and thus, I will go and continue to grow. Yet, I have little direction, it’s frightfully clear. Thus, I go in undeclared, a clean naïve slate, not to wait, but to actively discover my place. I will test all the paths between here and there, with the faith in my heart that I’ll find myself somewhere. To study abroad, to dig up lost cultures, to write about life, or perhaps litigation, the places I could go, will become the places I go. I know I can be anything I dream in this wide-open space.
I’ll say good-bye to my friends, my family, and teachers yet, always remember the things that they have taught. And it’s guaranteed I’ll learn new things from the new people I meet—be them good things or bad things remains up to me. But before I embark on my journey away, I must strengthen my wings, and I know it’s not easy. I’ll stutter and stumble. I’ll fight against the breeze. I wonder if I’m ready. Will I too not fall into that ghastly waiting place? Will I find myself complacent? Will my lofty dreams turn into simply that—a transitory, intangible dream?
No, not at all, if I steer myself in the direction I choose. I will learn to navigate the breeze with ease. I might change my major; I might run out of funds, I might even find myself downtrodden and glum. But I have in my heart a compass that’s true— and to learn how to use it is the most valuable clue my education can bestow. And with that I take charge of this Great Balancing Act as I take change in stride and refuse to hide. For I am myself, and this will not change. Today is my day! My mountain is waiting, and I’m on my way.