To The Incoming Freshman Who Still Hasn't Picked A Major, You Need To Hear This

To The Incoming Freshman Who Still Hasn't Picked A Major, You Need To Hear This

I've transferred schools three times, changed my major eight, and I'm still alive so CHILL
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If you're anything like me when I was entering college, you have no idea what you're going to major in or where you'll be in ten years. I'm going to be a junior in college and I'm just now figuring it out... and it's completely okay.

Up until this point, I've transferred schools three times and changed my major eight times. I've visited with guidance counselors, attended career fairs, and... So. Many. Schools. I was also stressing far more than I should have about where I'll be in five or ten years and looking back, I needed to chill.

I'm still convinced the freshman fifteen is from stress eating on chicken strip Wednesday.

Truth is, the entire process was a lot of work and the personality tests didn't tell me where I should be working in ten years or majoring in now.

My first college may not have gotten me my degree, but I met people like Hannah that encouraged me to have good study habits. Hannah is one of those people that inspire you on so many levels and I was able to call her one of my best friends at CofO. When I went to college, I was not college ready. So while I was going to class scattered and late half the time, Hannah always looked organized which I realized made college way less stressful.

After changing my major at least five times my freshman year, I transferred to the campus in my hometown that I knew was paid for by the A+ program until I figured it out. After the personality tests and career fairs, I knew I loved people and the idea of counseling, but also liked exercise and health science. So I figured it would either be social work or physical therapy, but there was no in between. WRONG :)

I realized after I transferred home, most of my friends had either went away to college or, they were at College of the Ozarks. I mostly worked in a secluded office or did homework and frankly, I felt alone and honestly like I had no friends.

(Sidenote: It took me awhile to realize that there's nothing wrong with me and that I have no friends and that it's my situation, but that's another article for another time.)

Through this whole process though, I felt for people and more than before. I knew people that felt like they were worth nothing should feel like something. Then I struck up a very weird conversation with my political science teacher one day. I had looked into occupational therapy before, but I thought it was helping people get back to work that had been injured. I mean...it's in the name. Occupational therapy. No.

She told me her daughter had graduated from Wash U (which was right across the street from my boyfriend's college so I'm there a lot). She told me I should talk to her daughter about it and so she gave my number to her.

We talked and the entire point of occupational therapy is getting people back to doing things that they want to do again. OT incorporates emotional support and helping the patient achieve physical well-being to engage in their hobby and go on about life. So... through the entire process, I was introduced to a career that includes counseling and physical therapy.

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And now that I have my associates degree, it's time to transfer again. Transferring is hectic and trying to decide what to major in, is stressful. But it's very doable and nothing to be scared of.

Lessons I've learned through the process that make it so much easier:

1. No matter where you're at, keep your grades up.

When I started college, I had no idea I'd be going for a masters degree. For a while, I thought I'd become a teacher which is offered at plenty of colleges. Professional OT programs are only offered at a handful of schools in each state and some of them are very competitive.

2. If you're involved in anything, make sure you ask about them in advance

This should happen in the spring semester if you're attending in the fall. Ask about all of their clubs, organizations, or greek life. Resident Assistants (RA's) are chosen the semester before as well and some campuses will let you become one if you're transferring with enough credits. Keep in mind, most colleges also pay for you're room and board if you're an RA.

3. If you're interested in an honors program, that should also be taken care of or at least asked about in the previous semester.

I didn't take that opportunity here because they are usually a year or two-year programs. I would have had to stay at my current campus for one more semester only for a class to complete it, but not if I would have asked about it the previous semester.

4. Talk to people in a field you may be interested in and job shadow.

I know plenty of people including myself that thought they were interested in one thing, experienced it first hand, and hated it. A job description sometimes isn't as appealing as you thought it would be.

My experience with transferring hasn't been like some of the horror stories I've heard, but that could vary on how difficult the schools make it transfer over to. I've had a smooth experience up until this point and I'll reassure you that it's nothing to be afraid of.

Neither is being clueless as to what you're going for right out of high school. Your first two years of college is mostly general studies so you have some time to decide.

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6 Things I Didn't Really Need in My Freshman Dorm, And 6 Things I Wish I Brought Instead

I promise you, being Pinterest-worthy just doesn't make sense in a dorm.
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As I packed up my dorm room and unpacked it all once I got home, I kinda felt stupid. I moved in with 2 cars full of stuff (yes, I know how extra that sounds and yes, it was indeed that extra) and I didn't end up needing half of it. Now, I'm swimming in stuff I need to get rid of while holding on to the stuff I didn't realize I would need and ended up buying mid-year. No matter how much you think you know everything, first-time dorm residents, please listen.

6 things I DIDN'T need but swore I did

1. All my personal books

I mean, I'm an English major and I love to read, but no one, and I mean no one, A) has free time and B) uses that free time to read in college.

2. Keurig

There's a coffee shop I can use my cafe credits at on my way to class. I never woke up early enough to brew my own coffee, and I never craved it bad enough in the afternoon to feel like I needed to make my own immediately. It was nice to make tea with though.

3. Dishes and Silverware/Excessive Mugs

All you need is 1 mug and a couple of water bottles. I promise you paper plates and plastic silverware are all you need.

4. An overabundance of office supplies

I didn't use all those fancy office supplies in high school, so as much as I love them, I have yet to reach for them in college.

5. T.V.

The T.V. I had was only slightly bigger than my laptop screen and the wifi at my dorm wasn't good enough for streaming. I hardly used it, but I know others used theirs a lot. Just a personal preference!

6. Tons of wall art

I totally believe wall art has the power to make a dorm room feel less institutional, but I wish I had brought more pictures from home to make my room personal. Pinterest dorm rooms just aren't real, and they aren't what you want when you're homesick.

6 things I wish I had bought before school started

1. ID Lanyard

I personally love these ones from Vera Bradley , but honestly, any way you can carry your ID, money, and keys all in one is a life changer.

2. Earplugs/Eye Mask

Dorms are loud even during quiet hours and sometimes your roommate stays up later or gets up earlier than you do. Amazon couldn't ship these to me fast enough.

3. Wireless Headphones/Earbuds

Personally, I'm an earbuds girl, but either one does the trick. It's nice to not have to deal with cords and to be able to connect to any of your devices without an adapter.

4. Laptop Shell/Stickers

Almost everyone ends up ordering stickers to put on their laptop to express themselves to those around them. On a practical level though, you're probably going to have the same laptop as 5+ other students in your lecture and you will probably throw your laptop in a bag and run at some point. A shell and some stickers will provide more protection than you realize. Check out http://www.redbubble.com for some great options.

5. Small vacuum

This is especially important if you get a rug. Sweeping is not pleasant, and the vacuums at your dorm are probably older than you are.

6. Pictures from home

Like I said before, wall art isn't going to comfort you when you want to go home. A picture of your dog or best friend sure will though.


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I'm Not The Person I Was In High School And I'm Not Sorry I Changed

I'm sorry, the old me can't come to the phone right now.

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If those who knew me in high school hung out with me now, they probably wouldn't recognize me. If my friends from college hung out with me around two years ago, they probably wouldn't recognize me. It's safe to say I've changed... a lot. I definitely find the change to be for the better and I couldn't be happier with the person I've become

In high school, I would sit at home every night anxiously waiting to leave and go out. Now, honestly, going out is the last thing I want to do any night of the week. While everyone in college is at a fraternity party or at the bars, I prefer to sit at home on the couch, watching Netflix with my boyfriend. That's an ideal night for me and it is exactly the opposite of what I wanted to do a couple of years ago. There's nothing wrong with going out and partying, it's just not what I want to do anymore.

I craved attention in high school. I went to the parties and outings so I could be in Snapchats and photos, just so people would know I was there. I hung out with certain groups of people just so I could say I was "friends" with so-and-so who was so very popular. I wanted to be known and I wanted to be cool.

Now, I couldn't care less. I go to the bars or the parties if I really feel like it or if my friends make me feel bad enough for never going anywhere that I finally decide to show up. It's just not my scene anymore and I no longer worry about missing out.

If you could look back at me during my junior year of high school, you probably would've found me searching for the best-ranked party schools and colleges with the best nearby clubs or bars. Now, you can find me eating snacks on the couch on a Friday night watching the parties through other peoples' Snapchats.

Some may say that I'm boring now, and while I agree that my life is a little less adventurous now than it was in high school, I don't regret the lifestyle changes I've made. I feel happier, I feel like a better person, I feel much more complete. I'm not sorry that I've changed since high school and I'm not sorry that I'm not living the typical "college lifestyle." I don't see anything wrong with that life, it's just not what makes me happy and it's not what I want to do anymore.

I've become a different person since high school and I couldn't be happier about it. I have a lot that's contributed to the change, but my boyfriend definitely was the main factor as he showed me that staying in can be a million times better than a night out. My interests and my social cravings have completely transitioned into that of an 80-year-old grandma, but I don't regret it.

Change doesn't have to be a bad thing. In fact, it can bring a lot more happiness and comfort. The transition from high school to college is drastic, but you can also use it as an opportunity to transition from one lifestyle to another. I don't regret the lifestyle flip I made and I couldn't be less apologetic about it.

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