Passion and identity

Even before I wrote for the Chronicle in my earlier years in college, I’ve always enjoyed interviewing people to try to find out what makes them tick — what their dreams and their passions are and how they incorporate them into their own identity.

I believe everyone possesses the capacity to be passionate about something.

It could be art.

It could be music.

It could be photography.

It could be dance.

It could be researching transit systems.

It could be searching the web for new health fads.

It could be all of the above and more.

How people spend their free time is telling of what kind of person they are.

If they read the news in their freetime, they may be interested in politics and public affairs.

If they watch comedy, they may value humor particularly much.

At the same time, while “passion” has been the catchphrase for company slogans and college applications, it’s also kind of overrated.

It’s okay to have interest in a lot of different things rather than specializing in one given “passion.” Breadth of knowledge and depth of knowledge are both important if you want to possess a more holistic view of the world as we know it.

But anyway, take the time to ask yourself: What are your passions? How can you develop them? How can you incorporate them into your job search process or grad school application process in a creative way? How do you make meaning out of doing what you love? How can it possibly make you an agent of positive social change?

These are all questions worth considering.

So stay passionate about the causes you care about, for apathy is the enemy of progress (and meaningful change).

Stay cool. 8D

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