There are two ways a person can enter a pool: they can either dive right in without much hesitation, or they can test the waters. Depending on some contributing factors, you will fall into either category. However, when it comes to college, I strongly advise you to test the waters and I’ll give you a few reasons why.
College is all about new beginnings.
You’ll hear this endlessly, but it’s true. Whether you go to a small University, local college, or even engage in some online courses, you are bound to come across something you haven’t before. I’m sure you know plenty of people, who have already been to college, who have shared their career change or changes as they are still going through life experiences. I’m sure you are no exception as you too may have changed your mind a couple times before you came to the conclusion you have now. Don’t feel forced to make a decision on the spot when asked the question, “What are you going to school for?” Always remember, to receive a proper education, one must be well rounded in all areas of life including yourself.
Explore your options.
If you are afraid that you will become lost in the overload of options, don’t be. Life is an endless cycle of opportunities. When one door closes, another one opens. Although I go to a fairly small University, I have been privileged with the chance to be a student worker at the school library, a student worker at the Office of Electronic Media, as well as a member of Leadership for Life and the new marketing coordinator for the SAC organization on my campus. You’re freshman year should be the year to get involved. Of course, don’t overload yourself if you can’t handle it, but experience different things. You may never know where it can lead you. For me, it has made clear the career path I want to pursue.
Savor the moment!
College is no different from high school in terms of how fast it flies by. Although your first year may seem never ending, you’ll be surprised when you’ve learned that you are already an experienced sophomore. I know I am! And pretty soon, just like high school, you’re junior year will be the one that matters as you will, this time, be forced to choose a major. This is why I stress the importance of trial and error in the first couple years because looks can be deceiving. Just like people always say, “You must try it before you decide if you truly like it.”
I understand that some people are predestined to become doctors, lawyers, electricians, accountants, but for those who have the privilege to figure that out on their own have an entire world to sink into, as you always have. And if you have been limited in some way back in high school, you no longer have that burden because this time it is all about you. So if you are not 100 percent sure about your major and you are in no rush to receive your degree, choose to be undecided. You’ll enjoy the college experience much more if you do.