Unnecessary stress put on students to decide careers


Natalia Alamdari, Editor-in-Chief

“Where do you want to go next year?” A generic question. “I’m thinking of Michigan, but I’m still interested in Texas schools,” I say politely. Then comes the inevitable. “What are you going to major in?” I cannot even begin to count how many dinner parties have turned into mini job fairs because of this question. To be honest, I have no idea what I truly love and want to spend my life doing, which is all right. I have to rest of my life to figure that out.

My entire life, career readiness has been an ever-present value, with the thought that by the time I reach high school, I should have an idea of what I want to do with my life. Now, as a senior, I face the confusion of trying to pick a major.

There is so much stress put on high school kids to have their lives planned out to the smallest detail. We are told to pick our electives and activities based on our careers. That completely defeats the purpose of high school and undergrad years. As opposed to deciding our fates now, we should be exploring a wide variety of fields. By acquiring such a wide range of skills, not only do we figure out things we enjoy, but we also gain experience in an expanse of fields, something vital to making it in the world.

According to MSNBC, over 50 percent of college student switch majors at some point in their education, some multiple times. I guarantee it, I will be one of those 50 percent. I love music. I love writing. I even love science. I am willing to grant myself a few college years to figure out which career I would love to spend the rest of my working life doing.