You get a lot of warnings when you start at the Circus. You won't sleep. Sylvia is scary but you'll love her. Use this program for that. etc. etc. etc.
Nobody warns you about the 7th Quarter Freak Out. Especially if you're in 7th Quarter during Creative Week and you have to throw together a website, business cards, a fabulous interview outfit (mine was this dress with a khaki Michael Kors trench), and a trip to NYC in a month. But despite the overwhelming stress, thankfully passion and desire to succeed pull you through it and it all gets done.
And then you have to figure out what you want to do with your life. What city you want to live in, what type of agency you want to work for, what kind of work you want to do. What makes you happy. What makes you cringe. What makes you excited. What sacrifices you want to make.
After much deliberation, I'm finally realizing the path that's right for me. Sometimes you just have to go with your gut and hope for the best.