By Paul Estares
For many college students, the path to the future is winding and filled with detours. For others, the path is straight and clear.
Alex Baronsky is one of those students who knows exactly where he’s headed and how he plans to get there. Baronsky says he’s known what his path would be since high school.
“ I had a ton of AP classes in high school.I breezed through,” said Baronsky
Now in his junior year at SUNY Albany, Baronsky is double majoring in physics and computer science. He also works part-time at Home Depot.
Students double majoring take on time consuming work. Collegevine, a student guidance blog, describes Physics as having a weekly average study hour of 18.5 Hours. Computer Science takes 15 hours per week.
Photo by Alexander Baronsky
Studies show that students have better success rate while working part time jobs during college.
Other students have a path full of detours.
Nikita Pogorelov graduated last semester with a Bachelors in Journalism and Broadcasting . As a freshman, his major was Information Technology and Networking. He didn’t enjoy that he had to take English classes first.
“College makes you do these bullshit classes to get to your major. They were tugging me down.” said Baronsky
Pogorelov eventually found motivation in Film and Media.
” I felt like a creative person. I like to go out and make films, to be able to take out a camera and start capturing.”
Photo by Yasin Daulat
Some students love their interests so much that they move on to greener pastures. Yasin Daulat earned his Bachelor’s in Film and Media last semester.
“I started when I was young. I filmed my family and made montages. In Brockport, I found people that were also interested in films. And I’ve been filming since,” said Baronsky
He moved to Chicago from Rochester over the summer, continuing his passion for film.
Unfortunately, the pandemic has made his time more difficult. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the pandemic has caused over 600,000 jobs unemployed in Chicago.
“I’m still trying to figure it out, it’s teaching me more than college has. It’s difficult to do something that you love when you can’t get a job. You don’t know anybody and nobody is hiring,” said Baronsky
Even with clear sights ahead of him, Baronsky admits he has his obstacles ahead to overcome.
“I’m finding it hard to manage my time. I feel like I have ADD sometimes. It’s really hard to focus on stuff at hand, I get distracted easily. Maybe it’s our generation,” said Baronsky
Nonetheless, Baronsky continues to work hard toward his passion, even if he fails.
“I applied to 3 internships over the summer but they either denied or canceled because of the pandemic. I’d be perfectly fine with starting at a small company…I can work up to NASA, even if I fail. Never give up, make the goal you want, that’s a worthwhile passion,” said Baronsky
Many students walk a path toward success that is unclear and full of detours. Other students have a straight path ahead but also faces many obstacles. No matter what, overcoming these uncertainties will help set them up for success.