This fall, I should be a college senior. I should be applying to grad schools and counting down the days to graduation. I should be nearly done with a bachelor’s degree– as I promptly started college the fall after graduating high school.
Instead, I’ll be a junior–on paper, at least. Realistically it will take me 3 years to get my bachelor’s degree.
But that’s okay, because now I am 100% sure of what I want to do.
When I graduated high school, I had no direction. What kind of 18 year old knows exactly what they want to major in and what kind of career they want to pursue?
None of us. I mean it–nobody knows at 18 what they want to do for the rest of their lives.
If you think you do, then cool! Pursue it. But don’t be surprised when you change your mind in a couple of semesters– and when you do, it’s okay.
Life isn’t a race and college isn’t a competition that you need to win. The important thing is to take your time and learn what you like.
Explore different areas of study.
Think meaningfully about how you want to spend your life.
Identify your strengths and weaknesses.
Most importantly, don’t get discouraged.
Don’t stress out about your major or career, and don’t feel like you need a plan on day one– because you don’t.
Had I pursued the major I declared when I was 18, I would currently be underemployed and unhappy. My major and career wouldn’t challenge me, and I’d be in debt to an education I wouldn’t value.
At 21, I’m starting over. I’ve decided what I want to do, and I’m ready to pursue it.
So if at 18 you don’t know what you’re doing, don’t worry about it. You will figure it out, so don’t put a timeline on yourself.
It’s okay to start college undecided.
It’s okay to not know what you’re doing.