Being In College Majorly. Changed My Major

Being In College Majorly Changed My Major

It is not about how many times you change your major, it's about finding the major the best fits your goals.

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The first year of college has been one of the most exciting experiences of my life. I have met so many new people and discovered so many new things about myself. I have been blessed enough to step out of my comfort zone and to be challenged by those around me. I took classes that allowed me to branch out from what I have always thought I was interested in. One such class was a kinesiology class focused on physical activity and health. This was something I had never really explored before. Whenever I thought of health and a future career I always thought of biology and doctors, my mind never wandered much farther than that. Knowing I always wanted to somehow be involved in the health profession I never thought of anything besides being a doctor, that was always my first instinct. This was something I especially focused on when applying to schools and looking at their biology programs and preparation ability for acceptance into med school.

A lot of people enter college with this set idea for what they want their life to look like over the next four years, or at least I did. I wanted to major in biology, go to med school, and end up as some amazing doctor. The first semester eventually beat that out of me. The plan I went into this year with is most definitely not the plan I am leaving with. Halfway into my second semester, I am almost finished with my application to switch majors. My goal is to hopefully be admitted to the Kinesiology program and to study something I am passionate about that will help me obtain my future goals.

Going into this major change process, I was so nervous thinking about all the possible outcomes but most predominantly the outcome of what to do if I did not get in. Biology is no longer my passion, I actually ended up dropping the only college biology course I was enrolled in because I disliked it so much. So what was my back up going to be? It was very clear to me that biology is no longer an option. Being weighed down by all these what ifs became a major stressor.

After talking to a lot of people I began to realize how common it is for students to want to change their major and their career path. While not everyone does this, and I applaud those who stick with one goal throughout all four years, there are still a lot of people who switch majors once, twice, maybe even three times.

My dreams of advancing medicine and becoming a doctor have since become dreams of being a physical therapist. These dreams are more like a goal-oriented reality. I have worked in a physical therapy office for several years now and have always been interested in what they do. Now after taking a few kinesiology based classes and learning more about the human body, I am even more excited by this potential career. Seeing the impact my coworkers make on patients lives is truly amazing. I have always wanted to impact and help others in a similar way. With my newfound intrigue in kinesiology, I think physical therapy is the way for me to do that.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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An Open Letter To Myself At 15

This is an open letter to myself about things I wish I had known at 15.

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Dear Hailey,

You are so loved. I know times might be hard, but it will all be okay. It's okay to ride the fence and be unsure of what you want to do with your life. You're going to change your mind 10 more times before graduation anyways. Also, don't worry about all of the things that you can't change. You can't make someone fall in love with you or make her treat you like a better friend. It's okay for people not to fit in your life. Stop bending over backward for people and live for yourself. In a few years, you will go through so much, but you come out on the better side. You are going to be successful and driven. Also, learn what the meaning of "self-care" is. You need to do a lot of that in the upcoming years. Mental health is more important than anything. Also, quit cutting your baby hairs. They will never get longer so you need to embrace and love them early on. Figure out what you can change, and what you cannot. Most importantly, accept what you cannot change. When you decide that you are ready to face the things that you can change, do it with your whole heart. That doesn't mean complete perfection. It's important to know the difference. Start by making a plan for the future. Write it down, memorize it, do whatever makes it the easiest for you. Think through your plan logically, take into consideration your strengths and weaknesses. Remember to do the hard things first once in a while, the relief is sweet in the end.

You are ready.

You are young.

You are smart.

You are beautiful.

If you ever feel that you are at your lowest point, just remember the only place that you can go is up. Find reassurance in the weakness. The best is yet to come. Don't take pity on yourself. Instead, work harder to make your situation better. Be happy. There are so many things to be thankful for. Ask when you need help. No one can read your mind. Time won't stop for you. Worrying and stressing is simply a waste of time. Be strong and know that you are in God's hands. Everything will work out. It may not be today or tomorrow, but eventually, the pieces will fall into place and you will understand why things had to happen that way.

Love,

Me

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