I often find myself deep in thought about the future. It's a tricky, fickle thing. I want the basic things most people desire; happiness, marriage, children, etc. However, the direct path to achieving this generally blissful life is still a mystery. Have I chosen the right major? Am I progressing as I should be? Will I be able to make a difference? The list goes on and on and leaves my brain in a tailspin.
We put intense pressure on ourselves to pick something, work at it, get great at it and quickly become a success. Is that really the best way to pursue joy? To be confined to one choice you made at 18 or 19-years-old sounds a little ridiculous. People grow and change and so do their interests. Instead of a straight shot through college with no pit stops, why not dabble a bit?
When I say dabble, I most certainly do not mean running around aimlessly. That's a bit too freeform. I think everyone should pick a major they enjoy, but also keep their options open. Avoiding different possibilities to focus solely on one objective could lead to missed opportunities.
Let's say you're studying to become a math teacher. You refuse to think about anything else because this career has been your dream since high school. Then one day you sneak a peek at your friend's coding assignment, and...wow, it's really interesting! Maybe your calling isn't education, but programming.
Nevertheless, time is of the essence in today's world. It's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of things. You're paying for these classes, after all. Extra classes are a waste of money! You need to get the required ones done as soon as possible so you can graduate and start paying back loans. But is that all? College is your last chance before you hit the real world.
If you hate your job after graduation, you either deal with it or go back to school to train for another one. Going back will cost more than the pretty penny saved by sticking to one very strict path. In the end, taking that coding class might be the safer option.
The point is, college still has a bit of a safety net. You can afford to experiment as long as you have a basic plan in mind. It's not as quick as running straight through, but what if joining that club or enrolling in that extra class could lead you to your destiny? Take a chance. Do the thing. Keep an open mind. Dabble! After all, it's better to reach your destination a little slower than expected than to spend the rest of your life at a job that doesn't bring you the happiness you deserve.