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“I don’t really see you in that field.”

“Honestly, I think you should look at other classes.”

“Why do you want to study that anyway?”

These questions, and so many more just like them, were pretty much the only questions I received when I finally told my parents, friends, and everyone around me what I was going to major in. Though my major isn’t uncommon, for some reason, people just don’t see me in it. I don’t really understand; it’s my major, my life, my career, my decision. How can someone else tell me that I don’t belong in this field?

For a while, I thought, What if they’re right? What if I’m making the completely wrong decision? I mean, I never really considered anything other than medicine for a career until I got to college. So, why don’t I listen to everyone else and pursue a different major?

I thought that way for an entire summer. But, it finally dawned on me that it is my decision. They aren’t going to be entering a career based on this major in three years, I am. Why should I let anyone else dictate my life?

It was a bit of a wake-up call for me. I finally realized that when it comes to important decisions in my life, I need to be the one to make that decision. For so long, I let others decide for me. My parents, my friends, you name it, they were the ones making the important decisions in my life – but I am so happy that I finally made a decision for myself. I am finally interested in what I am studying, and I’ve joined organizations that I would not be a part of I didn’t pursue this major that has had such an impact on my life.

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Casey is a freshman at the University of Michigan. If she's not studying or working for her clubs, you can usually find her trying new restaurants with her friends, running through the Arb, or lying in bed watching One Tree Hill for the 4th time.