Dear Future or Present College Students

Dear future or present college students,

Another year is passing and you are either trying to decide what college choice is best for you or are on your 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc. year of college. No matter what it is, college is a big deal. At least for me, deciding what college I went to was the first “adult decision” I’ve ever made. You have to make a choice that best fits you and when you have people around you trying to put their two cents in, the decision can be tough. You know the advice people are giving you is constructive but you feel a slight pressure because they are mainly giving you advice based on their views and personality rather than your views and personality.

All I can say is: If you’ve gone through this, you’re not alone.

If I’m completely honest, I applied to two schools( I should’ve applied to more) and I only was accepted into one because the other was full. A lot of my family was excited to know that I was accepted into this school and congratulated my acceptance. Me, on the other hand, was not too excited about my acceptance. It was still cool that I at least had a university but it still didn’t feel right for me. No university was really grabbing my attention but I knew I still wanted to continue my education. As time go closer, I decided to go the Community College route. I felt a little bit better about this decision because it was something I picked. My family on the other hand was not to happy about my decision. They didn’t understand how I could pick a community college over a four year. To them I was making a huge mistake but they only viewed my decision as a mistake because they viewed community college as something that wasn’t a choice for people with potential(and boy! Were they wrong).

For me, community college was a second chance for me, almost like a stepping stool,  and it was something I choose rather than settling for something I wasn’t stoked for. I knew that it was important to based my decisions on what felt right and what made me happy and thanks for going with my gut, I now have had enough time to really think about my major and where I want to transfer.

Just remember that this is your life and it is your choice to make when deciding what you want to do with your life. I know some of you are being pulled into million of directions and it’s okay to feel lost. If I had a dollar for every time I felt lost, I’d be rich. I’ve felt lost for the most part, but I’ve always stuck with what made me happy, even if I didn’t exactly know what that was. All I knew is that I didn’t want to be stuck in a situation where my life was picked for me because I followed people’s direction rather than my own. I know a good bunch of people who are attending a university or majoring in a careers that were basically picked for them rather than doing what they wanted to do.

Now, I’m not saying everyone should go to community college because that route isn’t for everyone. My point is that you, as a future or present college student, should do what you feel is best. Don’t feel like you have to do something that people are telling you to do.

If you want to go to a school that is far away from family but you’re scared of what they might make of it, go for the college. If you want to major in a career that people tell you “doesn’t make good money” or “is a risky career”, go for it!If you change majors countless times because you are constantly changing your mind, that is okay.

Just make sure you have a passion for it and you’re always trying to better yourself in the best way possible. People can tell you “no” or try to make you have doubts but in the end it’s your choice. No one can actually keep you from doing what you love, except for yourself. Being happy is the best route to take and the most important one and in the long run, none of this will matter because at least you’ll be able to tell yourself “At least I made the decision myself instead of someone else making it for me.

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