Expand Your Horizons
By Maya Vargas, Clarion Staff
Literally Everyone: “What do you want to be when you grow up?
You as an emerging young adult: “Well…”
For some, the answer to this question is easy. They have known since they were young that they were meant to be a veterinarian, a brave firefighter, or a top-notch fashion designer. For a few others, the answer to this question is found before college. But for most of us, the answer usually turns out to be a lot of “well’s”, “but’s”, and “I don’t know’s.” If it turns out that I’ve just described every conversation with family members, teachers, and friends about your future, pay attention to this critical piece of advice I am about to give you: Don’t stress.
It is a common misconception that you must know your major going into college. In fact, many of those people who declare a major end up changing it anyways, or get a job that has little to do with what they majored in. So by no means is choosing any major better than going undeclared. In fact, enrolling into college undeclared will actually allow you to dip your toes into several areas of study, where you can explore your interests, talents, skills, and weaknesses.
Be that as it may, declaring a major is still a daunting task. If you are anything like me, it’s a dark cloud that looms over your head day by day, especially when you encounter others who not only have their major picked out, but also the exact job they want to pursue and well, basically have the entire blueprint of their life planned out. Stressing about it won’t make you figure out what your calling is any faster, so if you are one of those people who are confused and clueless on where to start, stay tuned for these next few lines. The most important part about choosing a major is choosing one that you love and can dedicate yourself to. In order to find out what your interests are, you have to, as they say, “expand your horizons.”
Each and every one of us has a calling, but some just take longer to discover it than others. We must expose ourselves to different fields of study and different areas of work to figure out who we are. Take advantage of every opportunity you have. For example, you could join choir. Volunteer at a variety of places with different missions and different skill requirements. Be brave and take class courses of subjects that you think you could be interested in. Look into school clubs like Mathletes, MESA, Newspaper, and yearbook.
If you are unsure of what you want to do in life, the last thing you want to do is limit yourself. If you aren’t particularly good at math, you’re a terrible singer, or you still have not found anything that you could see yourself studying, that’s OK. By finding out what you don’t like, you are one step closer to figuring out what you want to do.