As a high school senior, I always said that I was going to have one particular major in college. I knew that I wasn’t going to change it. I was so sure about what I was doing.
Now I am a college junior- and I’ve changed my major twice.
At first, I majored in Stage Management because I was a stage manager in high school theater productions. When I changed my major for the first time, I moved into English Education because it was my passion. When I realized that I couldn’t force high school students to be as passionate as I was about literature, I decided to drop the education part of my degree. Since I was a child, I’ve wanted to work with books and writing. I finally realized, with the help of some amazing professors, that the publishing industry was right for me.
What I want people to get out of this article is that it is okay to change your mind. It is okay to have no idea about what you want to do with your life. If you get through two years of college but then decide that you need to travel across the country on a journey of self-discovery, then do it! If you believe that you were meant to study art instead of business, buy a plane ticket to Europe and study amongst the greatest works of art.
I believe that we need to tell high school students about this idea. We are forced to choose our career at such a young age- at an age when most of us don’t even really know what our favorite color is or how we like our coffee, or even if we really like coffee.
Amanda Owens has changed her major a few times. This is what she has to say to anyone considering what seems like such a big jump: “College has been a huge time of growth for me. In the past few years I’ve learned a lot about myself and my goals which are completely different from what they used to be. I used to think I wanted the American dream, and now my desires are completely backwards from that. It’s normal to change aspirations in college. The best advice I could give to anyone wanting to switch majors is to listen to your gut and your heart. It will serve you better to listen to your wants than to ignore them.”
It’s not always easy for people to change their minds or switch their majors. Their families may oppose their plans, and they may have to work harder to catch up. They might be stuck at school a little longer than expected, or overload on classes in order to graduate when they originally anticipated. However, I am here to tell those people that working harder at something that they are passionate about is better than cruising along and becoming stuck in a boring profession for a lifetime just because they thought their true passion was unachievable.
Change your major. Change it again. Take a semester off and truly find yourself. Follow your intuitions because your life is your life, and it is your life alone. Believe that it is possible to make a job out of something you love. It is possible, I promise. Fall in love and go on adventures. Stay out late and make memories. You are young and life is at your mercy. Make life what you desire but make sure that you make it good.
Buddha says that “The problem is you think you have time.” In a way, he is right, but he is also wrong. You have time. You have plenty of time to decide how you want to be happy in life. That decision is up to you. But you also have to be careful- remember you do have to live life with the thought in the back of your mind that eventually you might be at life’s mercy. You cannot spend your life doing something you hate- don’t you want to be able to say that you did everything possible while you still could? I know I do; that’s why I changed my major, and that’s why I am determined to make that my philosophy.
Article written by Savvy Bowen.