To The Student Of Many Talents
Politics and Activism

To The Student Of Many Talents

Choosing the path you really want won’t ever be a waste of how smart you are.


To the Student of Many Talents:

Usually school isn’t as bad to you as everyone else thinks because you are good at so many things! You’ve been lucky to find school easier than others and have probably taken that for granted. Because now that you’re in college, being multitalented sort of seems like a burden. Everyone else chooses the one major they really enjoy learning about or are good at. But for you, this seems nearly impossible. How can you pick just one thing?!

You feel like you should major in what your parents think you’d be best at.

You feel like you should major in something heavy in science and math because that’s where our world says you’ll be successful.

You feel like you should major in what you’ve spent most of your time learning about up until college because it is what you’re used to.

You feel like you should go to medical school or be an engineer because you know you are capable.

You feel like you should reach your own high expectations of yourself by choosing the “important” stuff to study.

You don’t want to waste your talent, yet you don’t feel satisfied by any of those options… which is why you are still undeclared.

Leaving your comfort zone, though, and doing something you feel called to, even though it doesn’t fall into any of these categories, is a thought you try to ignore. It will just make the decision harder. Why would you pursue a major that doesn’t fall into these categories yet sounds exciting to you when you could be doing derivatives and research for years anyways, right? Isn’t that what we’re supposed to do? Get to the highest math class possible and discover something profound in science that will change the world?

Don’t get me wrong, those things are very important! But so is your dream. This is where you’ve had your mindset all wrong. You see, if you want to open your own business and create a cute, little coffee shop downtown, or be a wedding planner, or arrange flowers and decorate cakes, or be a photographer and make documentaries… then you should! These other types of creative paths aren’t given the admiration that they should get and that they’re worth.

This was a big realization for me during my freshman year. I didn’t want to waste how smart I was to pursue something that society tells us doesn’t lead to as much success or is as important. But this is wrong! I finally realized how important these roles in society really are! I go to different coffee shops daily to get my fill of caffeine and fill my soul of the peaceful environments that people have created. They’re some of my favorite places, and they affect me every single day! I realized that it’s just as important that women working in the sex industry receive a bouquet of flowers just to remind them that they are influential as it is to do research in a laboratory, just in a different way. I realized that it’s important to have a wedding planned just as a customer wants it, because this is one of the biggest days of their lives! I could go on and on... These things matter!

So, to the multi-talented student who thinks they will be wasting how smart they are to pursue a dream, change your mindset. Choosing the path you really want won’t ever be a waste of how smart you are. Creativity comes in many forms, and even though you could be an incredible doctor or chemist, you will also be amazing at what you are feeling called to. Our world needs more people who follow their dreams and pursue it even though society and everyone around them tells them not to. Prove them wrong! Make yourself happy and bring joy to others through your passions. I promise you won’t be wasting your potential.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Health and Wellness

This Survey Shows How Quarantine And Drinking Relate, And I Can't Say I'm Surprised

"5 o'clock somewhere" is more of a guideline now than ever.

As it stands, and my friends and I are finally 21. We're extremely excited to be able to go out to bars and "get lit" as the kids say, but due to the pandemic, all of our plans have been put on hold. We'd rather wait and go when it's safe than risk spreading the infection and hurting our loved ones. So, we've all been quarantining apart, getting on the occasional wine zoom call. This made me wonder if anyone else our age were doing the same thing.

Then, I discovered this survey: We Surveyed Millennials And Gen Z About Their Quarantine Drinking Habits — Cheers. Here are 3 things that I discovered through the survey results.

Keep Reading... Show less

5 Easy Summer Mocktail Recipes You Can Make With Items You Probably Already Have On-Hand

Keep these drinks in mind next time you're visiting your local farmer's market — you might want to grab some extra mint and limes.

With Summer 2020 in full swing comes the addition of many fresh fruits and vegetables to brighten up your dinner plate, but also your glass! Farmers markets are my personal favorite place to look for produce that is in season to make fun mocktails with.

Keep Reading... Show less

5 Ways To Celebrate The 4th of July — Without Fireworks Or Social Gatherings

We created a list of things to do since social distancing may create a dent in our typical, planned traditions.

With the Fourth of July on Saturday, the usual tradition of popping fireworks, grilling out, and being surrounded by family has been modified due to the pandemic. Whether you're a loner or surrounded by family, there will most likely be some changes to your celebrations.

For weeks on social media, people across the country have been complaining that they have been subjected to fireworks going off at all times of the night into the early morning. This has sparked concern and questions about why this is happening and how are people even obtaining the fireworks.

Keep Reading... Show less

Carb And Cheese Lovers, Unite — These Are The Best Mac And Cheese Recipes On The Internet

Whether you need to get through the current pandemic or want to spice up your Fourth of July celebrations, these mac and cheese recipes will do just that.

My favorite food is mac and cheese, and it always has been. All it requires is noodles and cheese — it's so simple to make. Although it's my favorite, it can also get kind of mundane because it's such a simple recipe. This, of course, has led to many people all over the world experimenting with the American staple.

With our lives currently being turned upside down due to the pandemic, a lot of people are seeking comfort. These are scary times, and in order to make it day-to-day, we need to have our favorite foods as a standby. These recipes can also be used during your celebration of the Fourth of July.

Keep Reading... Show less

Odyssey Webinar: Writing Reviews About Your Favorite Products

See you on Wednesday, July 8 at 4:00 p.m. EST.

On July 8, our Lifestyle editor is hosting a video webinar focused on writing reviews about your favorite brands and products –– and you're invited! You must have an Odyssey account to attend.

Keep Reading... Show less

Odyssey Templates: Review A Product You Love

Rave about that product here as much as you have been to your friends.

There are few things less satisfying than giving someone a product recommendation only to find out they actually took the recommendation and love it just as much as you told them they would. There exists a great sense of gratification in knowing someone valued your opinion enough to go out and make a purchase based on it.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

17 Things To Make You Feel GOOD This Week

Because some purchases are just necessary.

Y'all, we're struggling. You don't even have to tell me, I know. What a mess we're all in, right? This year is not going how we planned and the world has turned into one giant struggle bus. I guess you could be super philosophical about everything happening for a reason, but sometimes life is just hard.

There are plenty of ways to bring yourself out of whatever rut you're in. You could go for a run, have a snack, or read a book. Or, if you're really looking for an adrenaline rush, go shopping. This is obviously not going to solve the world's problems with one swift click of the "checkout" button, but hey, it may just give you the little boost you need today.

Keep Reading... Show less

- Blissfully unaware that butt-care beyond squats was even something I should be considering in my self-care routine, I tried one of Bawdy Beauty's butt masks for the first time a month ago.

- I've never really given my butt a second though till I took a look at improvements that could be made with the mask — if one of the hydrating, firming, detoxifying, or brightening masks in the kit I received could either smooth out cellulite or tone my skin a bit more, I wasn't going to complain.

- Each Bawdy Beauty sheet mask comes in an individually-packaged sheet, soaked with a serum I massaged into my skin after removing said sheet. The clay butt mask comes in a convenient stick format I simply draw on to my skin and leave to set for about 10 minutes before hopping into the shower.

- I set a goal of committing myself to butt-care every day for one month. Between the regular use of sheet masks, clay masks, and their CBD Butt Balm in between, I didn't have many expectations.

- I thought the whole concept may just be a gimmick, but my butt has never looked so toned in my life, and the cellulite I had is almost completely gone. I wear one every single day when I get the chance.

I'm incredibly skeptical when it comes to marketing ploys and gimmicks in the beauty world. I'll be the first cynic to try out the latest serum on the market every influencer is raving about just to negate every grandiose claim it makes.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments