Have you ever felt lost, at some point in your life?
Well, we all have…
Up until my late 20s, I dealt with life the way I’ve been taught. Surely many of you have too.
In a sense, we’ve been brainwashed to study, graduate, and establish a career. However, what happens when life throws at us a different plan? Do we panic? Run for the hills, face it or wallow in distress.
With a teaching/sales background, I get so many parents asking me for advice about whether their sons’ or daughters’ choice of major is the right one. Even the students I tutor ask me that too. It’s quite normal for a teenager to be lost at that age. I remember how I was easily influenced by others’ opinions of what I should and shouldn’t do. While for me, it was my teachers’ opinions, for others it was their parents, or their peers’ opinion.
Though a major is important, I’d like to remind both high school students and their parents there is more to life than a major. It’s not enough in crafting your life path.
Yes it does equip you with skills you may need, but it does not ensure a straight line trajectory to success. Besides success is a hazy word, whose perception differs from person to person.
Referring back to my example, my career took twists and turns from being a chemistry science teacher, to a medical sales rep, to finally a freelance writer and tutor. Furthermore, while interviewing several people, mostly bank employees, managers, and teaching colleagues, I found out that most people do not always follow their intended track or specialization.
What I would like to say to both worrisome parents and teens is this:
IT’ S OK TO DIVERGE FROM A SPECIALIZATION.
IT’S EVEN OK TO TRANSFER MAJORS DURING YOUR FIRST YEAR OF COLLEGE.
COLLEGE IS NOT JUST ABOUT STUDYING, BUT ABOUT NETWORKING, AND BUILDING OTHER LIFE SKILLS ALONG THE WAY.
DON’T HESITATE TO VOLUNTEER, OR INTERN WHILE STILL STUDYING.
YOUR LIFE IS NOT SOLELY DETERMINED BY YOUR MAJOR, BUT BY ALL THE OTHER SIDE SKILLS YOU PERFORM AND ALL THE WONDERFUL PEOPLE YOU MEET ALONG THE WAY.
WHATEVER YOU”RE DOING, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE FUN.