By: Meghan Lupo, student author
From the moment you begin college you enter the world of adulthood, one where you are faced with many new obstacles, as well as opportunities. Some will be more trying than others, but rest assured you will get through them.
Adulting is hard.
As a college senior, I can say with confidence that perhaps the hardest decision I’ve had to make throughout this experience was choosing my major. It was something that I really struggled with, and at the time, I thought college was a race. I was about to finish high school, and I needed to know right this very moment what I wanted to do for the rest of my life!
If that wasn’t bad enough, I was bombarded with social media posts displaying my friends who had also started this journey, knew what they wanted to do, and made it seem so effortless. I felt very confused and alone until I realized that not everyone is going to know what they want to do right away.
Oh, I wish I knew then what I know now!
It’s okay to not have everything figured out. You see in college it feels as though you can’t make a decision without being questioned. From your parents, to adults, to peers, everyone asks you the same questions. What’s your major? What are you going to do with your degree? How are you going to support yourself? It can become extremely overwhelming, because honestly most of us don’t know. Yup, that’s right we may not have it all figured out but that’s apart of the process.
Whether you are a parent or a student understand that becoming an adult doesn’t happen overnight.
You are just beginning to understand yourself, what you’re passionate about, and, making strides to become who it is you want to be. Throughout your experience you’ll face new obstacles, set goals, and meet new people who will impact your life. It’s not an easy task but don’t be discouraged. No one wakes up one days and understands every aspect of their life. It takes time, and as a young adult it’s okay to take the time you need. Don’t worry so much about the unknown, instead focus on yourself and what it is you want to accomplish over these next four years.
Choose something you’re passionate about.
From animals, to writing, to law, there is something we all love and have a strong desire to learn more about. When you’re going to be spending a good part of your life in this career it’s important that you enjoy it. Think about it like this: if there is something you truly enjoy doing, then why not get paid to do something you love? Not only that, you’ll be able to grow, excel, and contribute your time to something you know you’ll be dedicated to. Which will make you more motivated to be the best at whatever it is that you decide on.
Choose something you’re good at.
This is something I cannot emphasize enough, because you’ll soon realize that it plays a huge role in choosing a career. I discovered pretty quickly that science wasn’t my strong suit. I remember the day I got back my first test, a test that I had easily spent 20-30 hours studying for, only to see that I had gotten a C. At the time, I was very upset and stressed to say the least, but it helped me realize something important. Why choose a career that makes me feel this way? Shouldn’t I enjoy the classes I’m taking? After that day, I ended up changing my major and the next semester I felt a sense of relief. Although it took a while, I knew it was the right decision and it was something where I could excel.
Don’t let other people’s opinions affect your decision.
You are the one who has to live with your choice. When I was just starting college, I remember so many people telling me “that’s not a practical career choice,” or “that doesn’t pay very well.” At the time, I was young and impressionable so I would be lying if I said that their opinions didn’t affect my decision, but it helped me learn a lot about myself and trusting my instincts.
At the time, I thought nursing was the right choice, it paid well and was in high demand, but I quickly learned that It wasn’t something I could see myself doing for the rest of my life. Instead I went to the counseling office where I talked to a career advisor who gave me several tests, talked with me, and helped me decide on something that not only would be fulfilling, but something I was good at.
It turns out that marketing was ranked number one on my career test, and after discussing what this career choice entailed I realized quickly that this was something I was passionate about but didn’t necessarily know at the time. Before college I had always enjoyed writing, art, and the creative aspect marketing brings forth but without the guidance my advisor was offering, I would have been stuck pursuing nursing or choosing something else I wasn’t passionate out.
If you feel anxious, nervous, or apprehensive about making this decision, let me alleviate those fears by saying it’s okay. We all have experienced this obstacle and found ways to overcome it; some of us may take more time than others, but that’s normal. Let this be the encouragement and motivation that helps you recognize that you have time to figure it out. Take an inventory of your strengths, passions, and by all means do not sell yourself short. At the end of the day you will choose a career!
Enjoy your college days.
As a senior in college I can tell you from experience that these next four years will fly by. It will be stressful, exciting, and confusing but enjoy every part of it. Let go of the ideas you have built in your head of how college should be or that you should have everything figured. Instead accept it for what it is and push yourself to grow every day because at the end of these fours years everything will work out and I promise you, that you will be so proud of yourself for everything you are going to accomplish. Lastly, let me leave you with one of my favorite quotes. One that I think can resonate with all of us, it’s a quote from a Trace Adkins song You’re Gonna Miss This,
“You’re gonna miss this
You’re gonna want this back
You’re gonna wish these days hadn’t gone by so fast
These are some good times
So take a good look around
You may not know it now
But you’re gonna miss this”
Meghan Lupo is a senior currently enrolled at Northwood University where she is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a major in Marketing. Throughout her college career she was hesitant about solidifying her decision to pursue business, but the decision became very easy after a few business classes that left a lasting impression on her. As a student-athlete, mentor, and someone who has experienced the trials and tribulations college entails she is ecstatic to be a part of our team and share her journey with others in order to help them grow, excel, and enjoy all that college has to offer.