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It’s almost time to pick your classes for the spring semester. Suddenly you start to doubt whether or not you’ve picked the right major. Maybe you started the school year completely confident in your choice or maybe you just picked something and thought to yourself, “this sounds like something I could do.” Either way, when we enter college we are all faced with the intimidating dilemma of finally answering the question: What do I want to be when I grow up?

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And why should we, at the ripe age of 18, be expected to have any clue about what we want to do when we grow up? I’m here to tell you that everything will be okay even if you don’t know what you want your career to be. Following your true passions can be hard and some of us don’t even know what our true passions are yet. College is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for to find out what your passions are and to explore which of your hobbies make you the most excited. Once you find your niche, don’t let it go.

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Along the way enjoy the rollercoaster that is college and hopefully both you and I will find our place in the world. After all, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average American will have 12.3 jobs in their lifetime. So it’s totally fine if the first job you try isn’t the right one for you. You still have 11.3 more jobs to go.

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