It’s okay to not have it figured out yet

North Wind Staff

Upon graduation from high school, quickly placed on our shoulders is the heavy burden of knowing exactly what we want to do with our lives. We go from the routine of early morning Monday through Friday classes with familiar faces to the mysterious bumpy road of continuing our education into college.

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This means the absolute freedom of questing for campuses, choosing a major and picking out classes. But, how are we supposed to know exactly what to do, fresh out of high school? The sudden transition is overwhelming.

One day we’re asking permission to head to the bathroom, then the next we’re faced with what we feel are some of the bigger decisions that impact our future. Oftentimes, we have absolutely no idea what major is right for us and then the idea of committing a large amount of time and money to the wrong path is horrifying.

The mere thought of a mistake at this time of our lives puts an instant pit in our stomachs. So maybe you follow the winding path of an undeclared major, feeling like you need more time or more knowledge to figure yourself out. The power of an undeclared major is a unique one.

A student with no major strides across the university having the freedom to explore different entry level classes, forming relationships with professors and finding friends in all corners of study on campus.

Each class is a new opportunity to find your calling and eventually what you want to pursue as a career. Some students know exactly what they want to pursue, finding a passion that calls to them even before stepping into a lecture hall. Maybe a few weeks or months into these classes, they realize that their decided perfect career path perhaps isn’t so perfect. Your grades and GPA aren’t doing so great, and you panic about your future.

There’s a wasted semester, and just a smidge more debt onto the pile. Not exactly. That time spent discovering that you weren’t in love with your desired major puts you one step closer to finding what works for you, perhaps even a passion that you didn’t know that you had.

It does take time, and it does take money; it’s not always going to be easy. We are young adults learning how to adapt to life, and that includes trying new things, learning about yourself and figuring out where you’re going. Even if you have no idea where you’re going to end up.