We all change our minds–in life, in work, in relationships, in passions. More specifically, though, the facet of mind-changing in which we find the most fear is when we realize we may be pursuing the wrong career path or major in college. It does not happen all at once–it does not feel as though currents are pushing you deeper into an ocean. Although, it may seem this way toward the finalization of your declaration to change your major, it happens slower than we believe.
When we enter college, we proudly make everyone aware of what our chosen majors and minors are. We continue our introductory statements with how we have had dreams and aspirations of pursuing this field ever since we realized we could form our own opinions and set our own standards. It happened to me. From the time I entered my first journalism course as a sophomore in high school and until I sat in my journalism lectures in college, I believed I would become a soul-searching, heart-wrenching reporter who would never fear venturing toward assignments overseas or communicating with leaders I did not respect. What happened? A mind can change when you spend the majority of your time covering local news and athletic events.
I realized I did not love it enough to undergo the boring and monotonous work needed in order to move on to greater storytelling. Frankly, I was not even a good writer in these fields either, simply because I did not care. What I did realize, though, was I held tight to organization, I wanted to share my opinions, and I needed to help people. Two years later: I am pursuing an English Studies degree with a minor in Creative Writing and a strong will to attend law school after graduation. I figured, I might as well chisel and sharpen the skills I enjoy honing while I pay for my undergraduate education rather than hate myself and perform poorly in classes for a career in something I do not even wish to pursue (a.k.a Journalism).
My point? It almost seems as though it is those students who have had their minds set for years about their majors who change their career paths. Sometimes we narrow our visions too much, and this results in us trying to sooth our worried minds because we are blind to everything else the world has to offer. We do not realize our preferences for writing can be used in law, or our love for science can be used in medicine rather than research.
Now, this does not mean it is wise to simply start college by taking all core classes. Not only are most of them awful, but they also may not even open your eyes to your passions or talents. Do you have an indication about a career you might like to pursue? Find a suitable major, and take one or two courses. Emerging yourself into an experience is the quickest way to find out whether or not you like it. Another relieving anecdote: Majors are not final. They do not label you for the rest of your lives, and you are not tied to these specific areas. Minds evolve. Situations change. Talents surface. Jobs open. Nothing is permanent. Everyone can start over.
Lauren is a Ball State University alumna with a Bachelor's degree in English and a concentration in Creative Writing. She enjoys breakfast for dinner with a side of literary enjoyment.