Why It's 1000 Percent Okay To Change Your Major In College

Why It's 1000 Percent Okay To Change Your Major In College

College is a journey, not a destination.
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You may come to college thinking you know what you want to do for the rest of your life. I know I did. After having to drop, or risk failing my chemistry class, I decided that my dream of being a pediatric oncologist was unrealistic for me. As much as I loved biology, I would never make it out because of chemistry. I changed from biology to social work. Then, a semester later, I found my love for psychology. Now I aspire to be a high school English teacher using my minor and my knowledge of how the brain works and how people learn and behave.

Changing your major is 1000 percent completely okay. According to The National Center for Education Statistics, about 80 percent of college students change their major at least once. It just means that you have gotten more in touch with who you are and what you like to do. There’s no rule saying that you can’t change your major or your future plans. You don’t need to come into college and graduate with the same mindset.

1. Those second thoughts will get you.

They will creep into your head and as much as you try to ignore them and tell yourself that you’ll be happy, they will win. Listen to them sooner rather than later. Your gut is trying to tell you something. If I would’ve listened to my gut telling me first semester that I should change my major to education, I would’ve wasted a lot less time in classes that I hated.

2. There are way more opportunities in college than there ever were at your high school.

The ability to get involved in so many different things on your college campus will undoubtedly spark a new interest for you. You will meet new people with different passions and connections. This may open doors for you that you never thought of. Walk through those doors because those will be the moments that will allow you to grow as a person. Those required "gen eds" may also spark an interest. I never took psych in high school, so imagine my surprise when I found out I loved it so much in college.

3. You learned something about yourself.

As a freshman, you were probably unsure of yourself, or maybe you picked your program for the wrong reasons (a.k.a. how much money you were going to make). Whatever the issue was, you are a better person now for realizing it wasn’t your calling. College is about learning and the greatest lesson is to learn something about yourself and who you are. I learned that I wanted to be more hands-on with kids and that my original future plans would have me behind a desk too much for my liking.

4. It’s about happiness.

Being a pediatric oncologist would’ve definitely allowed me to pay off my student loans faster with a bigger house, a nicer car and plenty of money. What would that matter if I wasn’t absolutely in love with what I was doing? I want to be happy getting up every morning to go to work. It’s really important to me. Doing something you don’t like? That’s when people spend more money going back to school for a new degree or they just settle and continue to be unhappy with their career choice.

5. Graduation is a journey, not a destination.

College is all about what you put into it. People say that college is the best four (or five) years of your life and they are totally right. It’s all about what you do in your college career so make the memories count and make yourself happy to graduate with a degree in a field that you will love. Even if that means you have to change your major three times.

So who cares if you end up having to spend an extra semester (or few) in school because you figured it out a little late? If you can handle it, then it will make all the difference for you to be happy in the future. College is what you make it. It’s about you. It’s about your future and finding who you are. It’s about the journey.

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Everything You Need To Know About BANG Energy Drinks

Say goodbye to your favorite pre-workout drink.
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BANG energy drinks from VPX Sports are the hottest new products for athletes everywhere. On every can, you'll find their catchphrase "Potent Brain & Body Fuel" and it gives you just that. Clean energy, laser-sharp focus, and no sugar induced crashes are just a few of the reasons these bad boys are flying off the shelves faster than retailers can keep them stocked. Haven't heard of them? Sound too good to be true? Let me answer your questions.

What is it? It's an energy drink that's kind of like your typical Red Bull or Monster. It's a perfect substitution for pre-workout supplements or coffee.

Who's it meant for? Anyone! A better question to ask is, "Who isn't this drink meant for?" On the can, you'll find a recommendation for no one under the age of 18 to consume the drink. You also may want to steer clear of it if you're sensitive to stimulants like caffeine.

What's in it? BANG energy drinks contain zero calories, zero carbohydrates, and zero sugar. But what you can find are BCAA's, CoQ10, creatine, and copious amounts of caffeine. These are things athletes often take as supplements.

What are BCAA's? BCAA's are Branched Chain Amino Acids. They are known to stimulate protein synthesis, increase muscle function, decrease your soreness after a workout, and even aid in repairing damaged muscles.

What's CoQ10? Coenzyme Q10 is found in the mitochondria of your cells and sparks energy production. It helps produce energy your body needs for cell growth and maintenance. People often take this as a dietary supplement when they feel tired or lethargic.

What's super creatine? Creatine does a great job in enhancing athletic performance by aiding growth of lean body mass (AKA muscle). When you take creatine orally, the amount in your muscles increase and helps regenerate ATP more efficiently. According to the nutrition label, this so-called "super" creatine is bonded to Leucine to make Creatyl-L-Leucine. On SupplementReviews.com, a VPX Sports representative allegedly said the following about the Super Creatine in the drink:

"The creatine in there is actually something very special...it is the world's only water stable creatine. It is Creatine-Leucine peptide. Think of this...if you mix creatine in water, it sinks and if you mix leucine in water, it floats....if you combine the two into a peptide, it creates a water soluble and water-stable form of creatine. It also has a fatty acid chain that makes it easier to cross the blood brain barrier. The focus of the super creatine is not for muscle function, but for cognition...by combining this form of creatine with caffeine, it works synergistically for mental focus."

How much caffeine is in one can? In one can of BANG, you'll be blessed with 300mg of caffeine. This is the equivalent to over three cups of coffee.

Is that even safe? Yeah, it is. In order for the caffeine in the energy drink to be lethal at any capacity, I would have to drink 30.7 cans.

So, what are the downsides? There are two things that come to mind. One is that consumers have no idea how much BCAA's, CoQ10, or creatine is actually in the drink. It could very likely be trace amounts too small to do anything beneficial. Two, BANG energy drinks do not go through the FDA approval process.

Is it really that good? Well, out of 113 reviews of the product on Bodybuilding.com, there's an average 9.6 overall rating. Most reviews comment on the quality of the energy, the cognitive focus, and the non-existent crash once the drink wears off.

What kind of flavors can I get? There are currently eight BANG energy drink flavors on the market: Black Cherry Vanilla, Cotton Candy, Sour Heads, Star Blast, Blue Razz, Champagne Cola, Power Punch, and Lemon Drop.

Where can I buy BANG energy drinks? You can find BANG energy drinks at Amazon, your local GNC or Vitamin Shoppe retailers, Bodybuilding.com, VPX Sports' website, some gas stations, and privately owned retailers.

How expensive are they? This depends on where you make your purchase. The cheapest place to purchase your BANG energy drinks is at Bodybuilding.com for about $2.00 per can. You can find similar prices on Amazon and at your local retailers. The energy drinks are most expensive through the VPX website where you'll pay about $2.75 per can.

How does BANG compare to other energy drinks? I'll give you some data on nutrition facts and you can make your decisions based on that:

16 oz. BANG: 300mg caffeine, 0g carbohydrates, 0g sugar.

16 oz. Monster Energy (regular): 160mg caffeine, 54g carbohydrates, 54g sugar

16 oz. Red Bull (regular): 160mg caffeine, 56g carbohydrates, 56g sugar

16 oz. Rockstar (regular): 144g caffeine, 54g carbohydrates, 54g sugar

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running isn't everyone's cup of tea, but here's the tea on how i came to love it

I never thought I would say that running was something I liked, but now it has become one of my favorite hobbies

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If you had asked me to run a mile two years ago, I couldn't have. I hated running and didn't understand why anyone liked it. After graduating high school, I realized I needed to find a way to exercise now that I couldn't simply go to practice like I had for the first eighteen years of my life. Eventually, I gave in and started running.

Guess what? I still hated it! I dreaded exercise and would put off going to the gym because I hated to run. Eventually, I started getting my cardio through swimming to avoid the dreaded treadmill. This was a lot more enjoyable for me; however, I always had to stop during the winters because of the long walks back to my dorm with a wet head.

It wasn't until about November of 2017 that I fell in love with running. While searching online for stress management techniques, I read that running can relieve stress. To me, this did not make sense. I had always found myself getting more stressed whenever I ran and didn't believe that anyone else would actually enjoy running; I thought people who liked running were either crazy, liked feeling fit or simply just tolerated it. I talked to a few friends who like to run, and they agreed that when they ran they felt less stressed.

My stress was overtaking my life, so I decided to try running again out of desperation and was pleasantly surprised. I found that running made me happier, less stressed and more energetic. Even though I was taking around an hour some days to run, I felt like I had more time. Running made me more productive with my other time and overall improved my life. I also noticed myself eating less junk food. When you start to see food as fuel for your body, it changes the way you think about food.

As soon as I started to see running as a way to help myself rather than a burden, I was able to see a completely different side of both running and myself. I use my time outside on the trail as a way to clear my thoughts and focus on the parts of my life that are important. Being alone on a trail for an hour a day helped me put my life into perspective and drown out negative energy around me.

When New Year's Day rolled around, I was looking for a new resolution. A friend of mine pushed me into signing up for the Columbus Capital City Half Marathon. Though it was hard to find time to train, I managed to find time to run as much as I could with my busy schedule. Sometimes this meant runs before the sun rose or after it set, but I made it one of my priorities to accomplish what I set out to do on January 1. I have rarely felt as accomplished in my life as I did when I crossed the finish line after 13.1 miles of pavement.

Now, when people call me crazy for liking to run, I laugh because I understand. I used to think that liking running was crazy too. After this weird journey, I know that running has improved my life and made me happier and healthier.

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