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As college ends, very many students find themselves greatly confused. For kids of families in which education is a tradition, going to college is not a very tough decision. It is supposed that they would pursue a college education just like most of their friends and high school peers. The choice of a major in college puts a bit more pressure on students and they are faced with important questions regarding what they enjoy doing. The consequences of this decision are still somewhat blurred to most students. So to most students college graduation comes as a big shock. For the first time there is no longer a norm. Typically, a college graduate is expected to find a job and start a career, find a significant other, have children, retire and die. However this script does not give any direction in terms of what type of job to look for, how exactly to do something that is meaningful to you, how to stay true to your values as you navigate your early career steps. And most young graduates still donít have their set of values clearly defined.

In the privileged environment of Dickinson College, two very good friends, Moira and Jack had majored in Art and History, respectively. After graduation Moira went to Vietnam to teach English for a year; Jack went to Kazakhstan to research the Virgin Lands with a Fulbright Fellowship. When they returned to the U.S. they moved to a farm in Central Pennsylvania with a couple of other friends trying to define their values and find their directions.

After two years of living on the Seitz Farm, which theyíve dubbed ďa farm for those lacking in direction but not in aimĒ, Moira is now enrolled in a grad school program for Art and itís effects on unprivileged communities. Jack has also been admitted for a Masterís program in History, but has deferred for a year in order to join an AmeriCorps program in West Virginia.

I traveled to the farm to meet my two friends before theyíd close it down. Although I had taken many trips there in the past two years, this one was different. The banjo was never taken out, Abba and Ace of Base didnít blast on the stereo. I needed to ask them about their decision to live on a farm. I wanted to hear an insight into a decision I didnít have the courage to make: defy society and find my path completely on my terms.

For Intern Edition, this is Vlad Olievschi

© NPR Intern Edition, Fall 2008