Never Settle: A major is a mindset

Posted on 16 September 2015 by admin

The difficult decision for all college students

redwanBy: Redwan Saeed
Staff Writer

Picking a college major is one of the hardest decisions for students to make.

There are so many majors and career opportunities to get into and it can be hard to decide which one is right for you.

Especially coming out of high school; how are you supposed to choose the field you want to be in for the rest of your life?

Many students – just like me – take some time to find out what their calling is. We settle for a career path that can keep us financially stable since we cannot figure out what makes us happy.

Then there are students that get scared off by the major they have an interest in because the only way they can get into that field would be to get a master’s degree or doctoral degree – meaning they would be in school for much longer than they would like.

Others feel the field they want to pursue is going to be too difficult, or they are not capable of becoming successful in that particular career path.

A big challenge I personally have been facing is deciding what I am actually interested in pursuing academically.

At first, I decided to go into business because I thought it was the easy way out. It was the broadest major and gave me a sense of direction.

As I started taking business classes, I realized how little I enjoyed the subject matter as a whole. I finally decided to abandon that aspiration and delve into a field I would enjoy my entire life. Life is too short to have regrets later on because you did not want to put in the extra work.

Forget being financially stable and start worrying about being mentally stable.

The most important goal in life is to be genuinely happy.

You could have all the money in the world and still not be satisfied. So being in a career that pleases you is the right way to go. Even if you have to go to school for 10 years, you will be in that respected field for 30, 40 or maybe even 50 years.

In comparison, the time that you spent in academia will not seem as bad.

Everything you want to achieve, you can. You just have to have the right mindset.

Do not let anyone or anything get in the way of your goals.

You have the power to become whatever or whoever you want to be, so do not hold yourself back.

You want be an astronaut? Go for it. You want to be a doctor? Go for it. You want to be a philosopher? Go for it.

Maintain a positive mindset and keep your goals in mind. If you do that, then the sky is the limit.

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