As a freshman, and a college student in general, you are bombarded by people who want to know what you are studying and what you want to do with your life. For both college and high school students, this is often a point of anxiety and intense worry--but it doesn't have to be. I came into college already in the school I wanted to major in (the School of Journalism) and I was pretty sure I wanted to grow up and do sports journalism. Actually, I was positive. I'd thought that since I was a sophomore in school. But, as I've discovered in college, that's not entirely true. We are young, we don't really know what we want to do yet, and that may seem like a horrifying thought, but it's not! It's the way it's supposed to be.
So, if you don't know what you want to major in, what you want to spend your life doing and how college life is going to work out for you, I'm here to tell you: You are not alone! I thought I wanted to be a sports journalist but now I know that I actually have no idea what I want to do. I like sports, I like war journalism, I like fashion, I could see myself being a chef, I could do public relations or marketing--there are so many options. But I think that's a good thing.
Yes, there are times when I wonder if it will all work out, but here's the secret: I have confidence that I can figure it out when it comes time to get a job. For now, I'm going to take classes that I am interested in and follow my passions both in the classroom and extracurriculars. Everything else will work itself out over the next three, five or ten years. And that's what I'd suggest to any students reading this: try not to worry and remember that you will be OK!
People tell you to follow your passion and do what you love--and that's what you should do. Even in the classes you choose and the organizations you join, it's vital to pick something you will be interested in and apply yourself in. That goes for picking a major too--don't rush it!
For now, that's all I have. A couple words of advice while I study for a test and try to deal with this cold that's virtually stopped me from breathing. Tonight, I'll be at the Michigan State-Indiana basketball game so... Go Hoosiers!