Let me start off by saying that you’re studying in college or university to learn skills in order to build a career…for the rest of your life. I sure hope you made a good choice, and that you’re happy with where you are.You should be doing what you love in college.
Many factors come into play when you are trying to decide what to commit yourself to. I was under the impression that I was doomed to be a doctor or a lawyer. I don’t think that I knew that any other professions existed for quite some time either. However, as I got older, I realized that most of my older cousins had gone into business, and that my aunts and uncles worked different jobs, ranging from homemakers to computer scientists to international businessmen. So I knew then that I had options, and I continue to find more options during my time here at university.
I always say, “Do what you do and the rest will follow”. What that means is that if you do what you love to do, then the rest of your life will work itself out. It doesn’t seem to matter what field you’re in – if you’re one of the best, you’ll get hired (and paid). I wish I had been more stubborn over the summer. See, I was debating whether or not I should switch into Philosophy. “What am I going to do with a Philosophy degree?” (The answer here is “a lot of things, really”, but that didn’t occur to me back then.) This question rolled around in my head for months until I just decided to stick with my original plan.
So what am I doing now? Halfway into my first term of my first year, I have already decided that I want to switch faculties. Now I wish I had chosen to be in Arts and Humanities. It would have saved me a math course and two business courses that I didn’t really want to take to begin with (no thanks to the faculty requirements), and I probably would have a much more interesting year. I’ve decided, though, that I will commit myself to earning a double major in Business and Philosophy. I think that would successfully blend practicality and passion for me.
What’s the moral of my story? If you have a passion, or if there is anything that you want to do, go right out there and pursue it. Chances are that you’ll end up pursuing it eventually anyway, so you might as well make the best of your time and money, and do what you love to do.
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