At one point or another, everyone in college doubts his/her choice of major, wants to change majors, or just has no idea what he want to do with his life. Give an 18 year old college student the decision of what he/she wants to do with the rest of his life, what else can you expect? I have come to this “mid-college crisis” myself. I keep thinking about where I want to be in ten years, debating what path I want to take to get there, and running different scenarios in my mind all day long.
Do not fret. According to The Washington Post, only 27 percent of college graduates get a job related to their major. So, why does everyone in college stress out so much? I guess, everyone should quit worrying. Pick a path that fits what you are feeling now. People change, priorities change, and circumstances change in the future that no one can possibly predict this early in life. So, I guess all of those freshman that came in as undeclared may actually be the smart ones after all.
Although it seems scary, and many students feel as though they are giving up on the dreams they came to school with, over-thinking a choice of major does nothing to help the situation. Students needs to learn to trust their gut. Every teacher will tell his class to go with their first instinct when answering a multiple choice question. So, maybe instinct should be at the basis of such a stress inducing decision. College is for the betterment of one’s future, it does not come with a direct path to graduation. The path may include many twists and turns or may be a simple straight line.
No matter what, college is a great place to expand one’s knowledge. Whether a person sticks with one major, or plows through five, all the knowledge gained along the way helps in navigating to the finish line. If The Washington Post is right, none of the stress matters anyway.