We aren’t psychic

A large amount of students leave high school thinking that they need know their future career. This is due to the education system often telling students that everything they’re doing is leading up to college. Each class is supposed to prepare you for the next and so on, until the end-all-be-all moment when you get to college.

There’s a rush of excitement to get away from parents and become whatever a student wants to be when they enter RU. However, there’s an underlying panic in every student’s mind: What next? Of course, that thought can result in people taking drastic measures.

We don't all have a crystal ball. Graphic by Danielle Glumsic
We don’t all have a crystal ball. Graphic by Danielle Glumsic

Such negative ways to handle this includes abuse of various things, like drugs and alcohol. Hopefully, a student will learn to deal with the pressure of college without turning to things that can physically harm them. When it comes down to it and the clock of the Associates degree finally ticks down, the panic really sets in.

Before choosing what to do for the next few years, a student must set their eyes on a major. As they’ve been told, this major will set a student up for their future career and, maybe, what they’ll be doing for the rest of their lives. However, this isn’t a good way to think, when the very notion of the future causes your stomach to twist into knots.

The problem is that students think that they have to have it all figured out. If they don’t have a plan, then they feel like they’re falling behind, or they’re inadequate. This really hurts self-esteem and is a destructive way to think. Those are some ways that students end up switching their majors so many times during their time at school.

It can be a smart choice to switch to a more enjoyable major, but it isn’t always financially possible for some. This is why some choose to quit school altogether, because it is simply easier to give up than to stick with their major or pick a new one. School expenses are nothing to brush off.

It can be very frustrating to try and keep up with the your peers; however, you are what’s important. Finish college in the way that best benefits you. If that means only taking three classes per semester, then do it. If you need time off to decide what really interests you, take it.