If you’re a high school student, odds are you know the famous questions: “What do you want to be when you’re older?” and “What college do you want to go to?” With college approaching faster and faster, many are left with the dilemma of deciding, and that decision doesn’t come without stress. Just how likely is it for someone to know what they want to do for the rest of their life at 18 anyway?
“Eighty percent of college-bound students have yet to choose a major, according to Dr. Fritz Grupe, founder of MyMajors.com. But they are still expected to pick schools, apply to and start degree programs without knowing where they want to end up. It is little wonder 50 percent of those who do declare a major, change majors — with many doing so two and three times during their college years, according to Grupe.”
I’ll repeat: You are not alone. The biggest mistake anyone can make is to label themselves as “the only one”. Doing so creates a mountain of worry and works against you. Thousands of high school students are feeling the same way you are right now, and thousands more have made it through this phase. That said, it’s still common to see dread in the eyes of a high school student applying for college, and the fear of deciding their life at such a young age. It’s important to keep in mind:
You still have time to find something that makes you tick.
The sheer number of possibilities each day holds can be staggering. How much time have you wasted repeating the same task day after day? Break out of your comfort zone and try something new. Expanding your interests can contribute ideas and give you a picture of what you might like to major in while at college. Have you ever tried to play an instrument? No, not one your parents told you to play, but one that actually captures your eye. Ever tried to learn a foreign language outside of the limits of your school, or even immerse yourself into a foreign culture? Josette Marsh has written an article all about expanding your perspective. The point is that you find something you enjoy, and not something that’ll rake in money while leaving you miserable day after day.
College isn’t the only factor that decides how your life will play out.
At the end of the day remember who’s in control of your life. Your parents, college interviewer, and boss all take a backseat when it comes to your happiness. Didn’t get into your first choice, or found out it cost too much? Realized after a year you’ve picked the wrong major? Life goes on, and how you choose to react can be the difference between crippling misery, or a disappointment you can move past. It’s impossible to predict what will be thrown at you, but happiness is always a possibility. As long as you’ll have friends, family, a place to stay and food to eat, any future you end up with can be a happy one.If the sick can come to terms with whatever ails them and still find happiness, it’s definitely an option for you regardless of any college woes.
Don’t take my advice the wrong way and think of your future nonchalantly, but fear it and you’ll end up feeling crushed the moment something doesn’t go as planned. You might not know where you want to go or what you want to be right now and that’s okay. Keep searching and remember that you’re not alone in your indecision, you have hundreds of other students to brave this experience with.