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How to find your passion

Sydney Morales
Garry Zhang (‘23) cleans up tools from the science department. He cleans up after conducting a lab for his organic chemistry independent study project. “I enjoy science from both the fun and phenomenon and experience seeing the reason behind why things do work,” said Garry. As he washes the science materials, he talks about his interests in his fascination for science.

You might be 18 or 80, picking your future college major or reflecting on if you have lived your life without finding your passion.  

The term “passion” can be interpreted in several ways depending on the context and circumstances. In most cases, passion refers to ones internal interest in certain subjects toward certain interests. The emotion of passion is important for humans as it opens internal reflection and growth.  

“For me, I feel passionate about what feeds my soul, what holds my interest and challenges me,” said Lisa Nacionales, Chair of the Science Department. “Engaging with a passion feels fulfilling and makes me feel like I am growing as a person.”  

Ms. Nacionales’ career and interests revolve around her passions for science, nature, and being with family.  

To help you find your true passion, I have created a 3-step guideline for you to consider: Comfort zone, societal standards, and driving factors.  

Firstly, finding your passion requires stepping out of your comfort zone. With an open mind and curiosity, you can change your perspective on different interests.  

“Being curious and open-minded allows you to find out what really excites you,” Ms. Nacionales said. 

The second step is letting go of societal standards — letting your mind go free. You may think forcing yourself to start a project or sign up for hundreds of activities will expand your comfort zone, but in reality, this is an opportunity for you to stop and check. Ask yourself, ‘does this genuinely evoke emotions of excitement and interest?’   

“If an activity or project doesn’t truly excite me, it will probably have the opposite effect and will not feel authentic to who I am,” Ms. Nacionales said. 

The third step is finding the driving factor to your passion. Why have you decided to pursue your interests, and what has gotten you to this point? Ultimately, does this passion have a personal or external benefit, and if so, does this affect the overall meaning of passion? 

As you review these three steps, keep in mind that finding your passion shouldn’t be rushed; instead take it slow. Some find their passion at a young age; others discover it much later in life. Ultimately, passion should not be an extra burden but rather a personal process of self-discovery.   

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Sydney Morales
Sydney Morales, Social Media Manager
The iconic In-N-Out is where most Californians might find sanctuary in double-doubles and animal style fries. However, local boarder, Sydney Morales ('25) cannot stand this fast food emporium. Instead of chain restaurants, Sydney finds solace in home-cooked meals and local markets, particularly her dad's enchiladas. Coming from a loving family, many of Sydney’s interests are geared toward family and community. For example, she revels in being away from her phone, especially when she and her family summer in Lake Tahoe. When not in the community, Sydney enjoys watching Modern Family and listening to British rap. Recently, Sydney’s favorite class, Advanced Culture Studies and Politics at the Border, has been discussing the politics surrounding the Mexican-American border, an influential topic in her day-to-day life. Sydney's sense of community, open-mindedness, and inclination to embrace differences are crucial to understanding the way she views the world. She relies on her emotions to shape her perspectives in life, often avoiding the most straightforward path Already an established leader on campus, dorm prefect at Jones and head of the student leader's council, Sydney plans to bring more communication to the WCC this year, going out of her comfort zone and bringing her ideology of embracing difference.  Favorite Song: "Upside Down" by Jack Johnson

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