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Figuring Out Your Plan

December 6, 2016

Choosing a major may be one of the most stressful decisions you have to make as a student, but it truly doesn't have to be. We live in a society where most people like to have a plan. People plan what they are eating for dinner, what they are going to wear the next day, and what they are going to do on the weekend with their friends. Planning is great and keeps everyone organized, however, because we are so used to planning every step of our lives, people get stressed when they have to make a decision like choosing a major. People get stressed because they realize this isn't like any other everyday decision and they find themselves lost.

I am here to tell you that it is okay. You don't need to have everything figured out before you get to college. College is for learning and trying new things and finding things you love to do. If you don't know what you want to do for the rest of your life before you get to college, or even a semester into college, you are not alone and your world is not going to fall apart. In fact, going into college undeclared and open-minded may lead to some really awesome experiences and opportunities.

My advice for you, if you are not sure what you want to do, is to try a little bit of everything. Sign up for a variety of classes, even if you have never taken anything like them before. Talk to people on different career paths to get a feel for your options. If you get the opportunity to shadow someone for a day, take it! Stay open minded and don't settle until you find something that interests and drives you. Everyone has a different passion so don't let anyone else make the decision for you. Lastly, be patient with yourself. You are not alone and you will find your passion.

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