College Students, It's OK to Not Have Your Life Plans Figured Out

College Students, It's OK to Not Have Your Life Plans Figured Out

I still have questions about my future, my goals, all of that, and it's okay to at this point in my life.

If you're like me, you're a college student stressing out about the process of finding a job and the perfect future (and it's driving you insane.) You might have a rough idea of a major or a basic career path, but you're not really sure what you want to do or if you're even in the right area of what you want. I am currently in a self-proclaimed "quarter-life crisis" because I've been panicking about my major and what I want to do with the rest of my life.

Do I want to keep my major? Do I want to add another major? Do I want a master's degree? Do I want to go to law school? These are four of the hundred questions that have been taking over my thought process in the last few months.

However, I do know that right now, at the age of 20, I'm not expected to have everything figured out perfectly. I still have questions about my future, my goals, all of that, and it's okay to at this point in my life. While it might seem like everybody else has it figured out, has their dream internship for their perfect career, has complete knowledge of what they want, the truth is that that isn't completely true. Other people are going through what you're going through, even if they aren't as vocal about their particular situation. Don't think that you're alone in this.

Do I wish that I had everything figured out? Obviously. If I knew where I wanted to be in twenty years, I would be ecstatic. But the more realistic situation is that I haven't really got a clue. Ideally, I'll figure out my final major situation within the next year to at least have my undergraduate education path figured out.

Additionally, as I explore the world more and interact with more professionals, I will hopefully have a clue about a possible career and plans for graduate education. But if it takes more time to figure everything out, that's completely fine. Everyone figures out their life at their own pace, and just because some people take longer than others doesn't discredit you in any way.

This past semester has been a real roller coaster for me in terms of figuring out what I want to do and struggling with not having a clear path. However, I can take what I have learned so far in my classes and experiences with others to figure some of the things on my "to do" list out.

I'm not expecting all of the answers today, but if I can let them be figured out over time and be more understanding that some major decisions don't just hit you as a young college student, I can live a slightly-less stressed life letting those decisions come to me.

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50 Things to Do When You're Bored and Completely Alone


For people like me, spring break is a time where you come home and have absolutely nothing to do. You're parents work all day and you're either sibling-less or your siblings have already moved out. Most of your friends are on the semester system, so your breaks don't line up. You're bored and completely alone.

Although while being alone sounds boring, sometimes it's nice to just hang out with yourself. There is a plethora of unique and creative things you can do. Netflix marathon? That's overdone. Doing something productive or worthwhile? You do enough of that in school anyway. Whatever the reason is for you being alone, I have assembled a list of unique things to do to cure your boredom.

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  1. Have a solo dance party.
  2. Teach yourself how to do an Australian accent (or any accent for that matter).
  3. Learn how to play harmonica (or any instrument for that matter).
  4. Buy an at home workout DVD.
  5. Bake a cake (and eat the whole thing for yourself).
  6. Take a rollaway chair and ride it down the driveway.
  7. Paint a self-portrait.
  8. Plant some flowers in your backyard.
  9. Become a master at air-guitar.
  10. Perform a concert (just for yourself).
  11. Write a novel.
  12. Become an expert on quantum mechanics.
  13. Give yourself a new hairdo.
  14. Knit a sweater (if you don't know how, learn).
  15. Make a bunch of origami paper cranes and decorate your house with them.
  16. Make homemade popsicles.
  17. Reorganize your entire closet.
  18. Put together a funky new outfit.
  19. Make a short film.
  20. Try to hold a handstand for as long as possible.
  21. Memorize the lyrics to all of your favorite songs.
  22. Create a website.
  23. Go on Club Penguin and troll a bunch of children.
  24. Become your favorite fictional character.
  25. Become your favorite animal.
  26. Practice your autograph for when you become famous.
  27. Create a magical potion.
  28. Learn a few spells.
  29. Learn how to become a Jedi.
  30. Put the TV on mute and overdub it with your own voice.
  31. Make paper hats with old newspapers.
  32. Become a master at jump roping tricks.
  33. Create music playlists based on random things, like colors.
  34. Find a chunk of wood and carve something out of it.
  35. Find something that doesn't have a Wikipedia page and create one for it.
  36. Create a full course meal based on whatever's in your kitchen.
  37. Teach your pet a new trick.
  38. Take a bunch of artsy photographs.
  39. Make a scrapbook.
  40. Learn a bunch of new words and incorporate them into your speech.
  41. Try to draw the most perfect circle without using a compass.
  42. Make your own board game.
  43. Memorize some poetry well enough so you can recite it.
  44. Build a fleet of sailboats and float them in your bathtub/pool.
  45. Write a song.
  46. Practice picking locks.
  47. Make a drum kit out of random household items and play it.
  48. Draw a tattoo on yourself.
  49. Give yourself a new piercing.
  50. Figure out the meaning of life.
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High School Seniors Should Be Excited For College, Not Scared

Even though it seems stressful and it is a big new place, it will be some of the best memories you will have for life.


Going into the summer after my high school graduation, all I could think about was college, and how I was going to prepare to go to a new school and move away from home. Just know, it is not as stressful as you prepare yourself for it to be. You don't need to worry about not having any friends or not knowing how to get to all the different buildings because you have to remember everyone else on campus has been in the exact same position you are in, and there are tons of people on campus to help you.

One of the things I was most worried about was classes and how to know which classes to take. My advice is to go to counseling and plan out your classes before you register. Planning out classes will drastically help you stay on track and the counselors will help you make a balanced schedule that you can actually handle.

Another piece of advice would be to not bring as much stuff for your dorm as you think you will need. By all means, bring the essential things that you will need, but remember a dorm room is very small and you share it with another person. You won't have a ton of space for extra stuff and you want to have space to move around and actually live in your dorm.

Finally, if you are concerned about meeting people and making friends, just try and be as outgoing and open as possible. Everyone else in the dorms is just as nervous as you are too meet people, it really helps to try to branch out. Joining clubs or greek life also helps you meet people around campus with common interests as you.

College is not something to be scared of. Even though it seems stressful and it is a big new place, it will be some of the best memories you will have for life.


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