TB Tribune: Sydney Serena Opens Up About Her Decision To Pursue Higher Education In This Self-Written Essay

TB Tribune: Sydney Serena Opens Up About Her Decision To Pursue Higher Education In This Self-Written Essay
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My name is Sydney, and I make YouTube videos.

I started in 2014, and decided to move to Los Angeles at age 18 to pursue my dreams of having a career in social media. After living there for nearly two years, I decided that there was more to my story than just social media. That’s why I decided to go back to college!

This fall, I will be attending Chapman University in Orange, California, and I couldn’t be more excited!

After experiencing the industry in LA, I realized that a majority of influencers don’t choose to attend college. It’s a personal choice, and I have no judgement, but I was surprised to see how little it’s talked about. It’s almost assumed that if you’re an ‘influencer,’ you’re not planning to go to college. I didn’t think much of it, but after a year of doing just social media and not being in school, I actually started to miss it. I missed learning about new things, growing intellectually, and socializing with like-minded peers.

I also think being on social media full-time can become toxic very quickly, which is something I’ve experienced first hand. I’ve come to realize that what they always say is true; “too much of a good thing isn’t a good thing.” I crave balance in my life, and balance for me is being a student while staying active on social media simultaneously.

Another reason I want to go to college is to have a backup plan. We genuinely don’t know where social media will be in five years — or even tomorrow! It’s completely out of our hands, and I want to be prepared if social media ever does disappear.

When deciding a major, I was naturally drawn to the business field. I’m going to be majoring in business with an emphasis in marketing, which I’m so excited to apply not only to a new career potentially, but my current career as well.

It feels surreal looking back, because posting on YouTube full-time was always a dream of mine. For me to be saying to myself, “I’m living my dream life that I’ve always wanted, but I’m also wanting something new and I want to go back to school,” was something I never expected.

I think that’s what life is all about. You can try and plan it out as much as possible, but you’ll never be fully prepared because life will take you down paths you never would have expected. That’s what keeps me inspired!

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