Should I Go To Law School?

I Have No Idea What I Want To Do With My Future, But It’s My Choice And No One Else’s

I'm not sure of anything, but I'm sure I'm the one that gets to make the decision.


For a couple of years now, I've been absolutely sure of one thing in my life: I want to go to law school after I finish my bachelor's degree. This career path allows me to study a subject I truly love—English—before buckling down and working toward a "practical" career.

Since making the decision to major in English, I've learned that it is actually one of the most practical degrees I could pursue as these programs teach students highly transferable skills that are more necessary now than ever, including the ability to analyze, write, and speak with skill. Most people would see this as a blessing, but I find it to be a curse.

You see, I'm very indecisive. Deciding what to do on a Friday night is hard enough, how am I supposed to decide what I want to do with my entire life? I have so many interests, many of them being social issues but some being purely academic, that I don't feel any one of them is stronger than any other. I fear that I'm going to miss an opportunity to do something amazing that I love—I don't want to make the wrong decision and be miserable.

As a college sophomore, I've begun seriously researching what could come next for me after college. With my English degree, the answer to that question is almost anything. I could work in traditional "Englishy" fields like editing and publishing or I could go on to work in something like business. Law has always been on my mind, but unlike other careers, I've found that the most important thing about deciding whether or not to go to law school is that you have to be absolutely positive that law is your passion. Most Internet resources for pre-law students emphasize that the high price tag of law school and the insane competition for jobs post-graduation mean you have to be willing to fight for your career. Here's the problem: I don't know if that's really what I want to fight for.

I know getting a law degree would allow me to fight to make the changes I want to see in the world. What I don't know is whether or not I will be satisfied with that method of change making. What if I could be more impactful with a different career path? I feel as though I need to hurry up and make a decision so I can begin tailoring the rest of my college years to fit whichever path I choose. I know I want to get a degree further than a bachelor's and that I want to be successful and impactful in my career, but how am I supposed to decide the best way for me to do those things when there's nothing I feel extraordinarily passionate about doing with my life?

I know I'm going to make a decision at some point, and I know there are going to be lots of opinions along the way. I don't want to let anyone down and I don't want to ignore valuable advice from people on the Internet that have real experiences with what I'm going through. However, it's my life and my decision. At the end of the day, I have to do what I want to because I'm the one that has to live with whatever my life becomes. For me, accepting that I have to put aside what everyone else is saying is by far the hardest part of this decision-making process. I hope that working through that fear will dig me out of my mid-college crisis because for now, that's the only plan I've got.

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10 Things I Threw Out AFTER Freshman Year Of College

Guess half the stuff on your packing list doesn't really matter

I spent the entire summer before my freshman year of college so WORRIED.

I also spent most of my money that summer on miscellaneous dorm stuff. I packed the car when the time finally came to move in, and spent the drive up excited and confused about what the heck was actually going on.

Freshman year came and went, and as I get ready to go back to school in just a few short weeks (!!), I'm starting to realize there's just a whole bunch of crap I just don't need.

After freshman year, I threw out:

1. Half my wardrobe.

I don't really know what I was thinking of owning 13 sweaters and 25 T-shirts in the first place. I wear the same five T-shirts until I magically find a new one that I probably got for free, and I put on jeans maybe four times. One pair is enough.

2. Half my makeup.

Following in the theme of #1, if I put on makeup, it's the same eyeliner-mascara combination as always. Sometimes I spice it up and add lipstick or eyeshadow.

3. My vacuum.

One, I basically never did it. Two, if I REALLY needed to vacuum, dorms rent out cleaning supplies.

4. Most of my photos from high school.

I didn't throw them ALL away, but most of them won't be making a return to college. Things change, people change, your friends change. And that's okay.

5. Excess school supplies.

Binders are heavy and I am lazy. I surprisingly didn't lose that many pens, so I don't need the fifty pack anymore. I could probably do without the crayons.

6. Cups/Plates/Bowls/Silverware.

Again, I am lazy. I cannot be bothered to wash dishes that often. I'll stick to water bottles and maybe one coffee cup. Paper plates/bowls can always be bought, and plastic silverware can always be stolen from different places on campus.

7. Books.

I love to read, but I really don't understand why I thought I'd have the time to actually do it. I think I read one book all year, and that's just a maybe.

8. A sewing kit.

I don't even know how to sew.

9. Excessive decorations.

It's nice to make your space feel a little more cozy, but not every inch of the wall needs to be covered.

10. Throw pillows.

At night, these cute little pillows just got tossed to the floor, and they'd sit there for days if I didn't make my bed.

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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.


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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