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Not Knowing What You Want to Do With Your Life Is Okay

Updated: Mar 11, 2020

It's not the end of the world if you can't decide on a college major.

When applying for college, I thought I had my life planned out. I was going to be a communication major with a concentration in journalism and I'd be a news reporter and I’d be set. That summer before freshman year, I thought the better choice would be to switch my major to business administration with a concentration in marketing. I am now graduating next semester, and while I am exciting I am graduating college in three years instead of four, I have been more confused than ever…. Is marketing really what I want to do with the rest of my life? I don’t know, but that’s okay.

For a while I was convinced that I was the only person who didn't know what to do and that problem was ultimately going to ruin my future if I didn’t pick out the perfect major and career at that exact moment. I now know that’s not the case and that there are countless other students out there just like me who still don’t have any idea of what they want to do with their life.

For me, the ultimate purpose of college is to help me chose the direction I want to go in with my life. My advice to those who are looking into college is to go in as undeclared. I wish someone told me that students don’t even have to officially declare a major until the end of their sophomore year or that we all take the same classes for the first two years anyway, no matter the major.

I also wasn’t told that most of the people you meet at school will have changed their major at least once if not even four or five times!

So trust me, it’s no big deal to graduate high school or begin college with no future plans.

College is a time to make decisions, but it's also a time to learn, and grow, and discover who you are as a person.

We come to college to learn and be better informed; we come to gain the experience and knowledge that will lead us to be successful adults in our work fields. I know that I will make a definite decision on what I want to do with the rest of my life someday, but right now, I am taking this time to explore career options and to take the good with the bad.

One key of advice I’d like to give to others is: Don’t rush your college experience. Life moves so fast, so don’t take years like this for granted. Trust me.

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