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By Stephanie Rosso
Let’s face it, college can be scary, even for the brave at heart.
When you’re in high school, you’re confronted with what might be the biggest decision of your life: picking a career. You’re 17 or 18 and have the entire world in front of you, but you’re asked to make a decision that will impact the rest of your life. You think about the things you like and don’t like, what you could see yourself doing and what you know you’d never want to do. Eventually you land on something that sparks your interest and decide to pursue it.
For me, I was always interested in the media, journalism and even advertising. I decided to major in Communication Studies to have the best mix of all three. I was so happy with my choice of major and I never thought I’d question my decision.
What if four years later you realize you were wrong, you don’t really like it, and you don’t think you could spend your working career working in that field? You’ve just spent four years and tons of money chasing after a field you don’t want to be in, now what?
That was me, the fall semester of senior year. I loved my classes, professors and the information I was learning always had me interested, but my internship experiences left me questioning if that was exactly what I wanted to do for a career. I was confused, stressed and a little annoyed with myself, after all, I should have known what I wanted to do years ago, right?
Here’s the thing, changing your plan is totally okay, and I wasn’t alone. In fact, nearly one third of college students change their college major at least once in three years, according to insidehighered.com. Even those that graduate in one field, may decide to further their education in other areas of study.
A big part of college is about finding yourself, exploring the unknown and challenging yourself. You’ll spend four years meeting new people and learning many new things, both in and out of the classroom. You’ll read new books, go to different places and watch new stories develop on the news. Perhaps one of those little things you discover will lead to a big spark in interest and a new passion that you want to pursue. The key thing to remember is education is never a waste, whether you decide half way through freshman year or after you graduate with a bachelor’s degree.