The Student News Site of Northern Michigan University

The North Wind

The North Wind

The North Wind

Meet the Staff
Ryley Wilcox
Ryley Wilcox
News Editor

I found my passion for journalism during my sophomore year of college, writing articles here and there for the North Wind. Since joining the staff this past semester as the news writer, I have been able...

The North Wind Editorial Sessions
About us

The North Wind is an independent student publication serving the Northern Michigan University community. It is partially funded by the Student Activity Fee. The North Wind digital paper is published daily during the fall and winter semesters except on university holidays and during exam weeks. The North Wind Board of Directors is composed of representatives of the student body, faculty, administration and area media.

Students protest against Israel-Hamas war with campus encampment
Students protest against Israel-Hamas war with campus encampment
Dallas WiertellaApril 30, 2024

It’s okay to not have it figured out yet

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.


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.

Story continues below advertisement

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.

More to Discover