In high school, I really didn’t know what I wanted to major in at college. My parents, both electrical engineers, often told me that since I enjoyed math and science I should try doing engineering. I really didn’t have any other option. When I got accepted to N.C. State’s engineering school I was overjoyed. I felt like I was embarking on this really amazing journey. I really thought I would get an engineering degree in 4 years, with internships every summer at places like General Electric or IBM. It’s interesting now to see how differently things turned out.
I ended up choosing Business Management. In my mind, business was a safe major. I felt I could do practically anything with a business degree. Well, after a year of economics classes and accounting classes I had enough. Business was boring.
I started to really think about things I enjoy and things I don’t. I took career quizzes online, did tons of research on finding my dream job, and talked to the women at the career center.
After all of this I decided I wanted to try graphic design. Of course, I walk into another problem. To get into the extremely competitive graphic design college you have to apply in the fall with a portfolio and a decent GPA. My GPA was unfortunately not high enough, and I didn’t have time to take classes just to get my GPA up.
My next idea was practically the same that I had before with the business major. I decided on Communications, because I felt a person could do a lot with a Communication degree and honestly by this point all I really wanted was to graduate.
After this things got harder. I was diagnosed with a chronic illness. I was having such a hard time that I had to take a semester off from school. When I felt well enough to go back to college I could only handle being a part time student. I had to completely change my life around. After my diagnosis I got really interested in what was really happening in my body and why. I ended up changing my major to Psychology with a minor in Biology. After completing a semester of biology classes and psychology classes I felt like I had finally found the perfect major. It only took me 4 other majors to get there.
Now, I am finally enjoying what I’m studying. I am taking my time to learn and stay healthy. Did I ever think college was going to turn out like this? Not even close. Life does not need to be a simple plan to be perfect. I’m glad I didn’t stay with Engineering, or Business. I choose to take risks. I changed my mind until I found something that was really worth it to me. Will I graduate in the future? I hope so.