DISCLAIMER: this has nothing to do with my dog. she just looks cute
Hey everybody! I hope you all have been having an amazing February. For today’s blog I decided it would be fun to share my ‘switching major” experiences with you.
I came into Iowa as a Psychology major on the Pre Med track with a minor in Spanish. I knew for sure I wanted to be a Pediatric Neurosurgeon and be able to have Spanish speaking patients. I was going to excel in all my classes, get straight A’s and become the next Meredith Gray. I must inform you: it is much harder said than done. No one can come into college expecting to succeed and expect to walk in and become a surgeon. While I wanted to be a surgeon my entire life, I genuinely believe that watching shows, like Grey’s Anatomy, glorifies the life of doctors, surgeons, and nurses. It’s possible, but unlikely that I would one day become a surgeon, make tons of money, and meet my own Derek Shepard.
In addition, I realized that I want a big family and to be involved in my Kids’ lives. I want to be able to go to their hockey games, school events, and be a part of their experiences. If I was constantly on-call, or working I couldn’t be the mom/wife I want to be.
When looking at the logistics of life as a surgeon, I had to really sit down and realize if this was something I wanted to do. I, in fact, realized that while my dream would be to live the life of Meredith Gray, it was time to get back to reality and find a major more realistic for me and what I want out of life.
I dropped Spanish and Psychology and did a dramatic 360 degree turn and switched my major to Elementary Education. I signed up for all Elementary Ed courses for second semester, I took the Praxis exam to get into the School of Education and practically aced it, I got two letters of recommendations and did all my volunteering. I was ready to teach. I was so excited to have my own class of first graders, decorate my own classroom, teach kiddos on the smart board, and make relationships with kids from all different backgrounds.
And then… One of my favorite professors made a statement during class, “There hasn’t been one year that I haven’t been in school”. WHAT!! OMG SINCE KINDERGARTEN HE HAS BEEN IN SCHOOL. He is married with four kids who are all in college. He has been in school for a LONG time. That statement freaked me out. My life is more than school. I want to experience life for all that is has. I don’t want to become first grade teacher and then get stuck. I want to be able to move up in the world and make a name for myself. I need to be able to stay competitive.
So, I head back to the advising center to change my major again. They probably hate me since I haven’t even been here a year and have gone through three majors and three advisors. Whoops.
I write for Experience Iowa, the Odyssey, and I have my own blog. In addition, I am super into sports, fashion, beauty, photography and videography. Why not take all my hobbies and skills and make that into my career? In addition, I want to live in LA for a bit of my life and having a job related to all things trendy may be beneficial in one of the trendiest places in the world. So, that is what I am going to do. I went in and said “I want to be a communications major” and the advisor looked at me like “you do?”. LOL GREAT START, RIGHT?!
We then began talking and she mentioned that what I want to do in life relates more to a Journalism major. Communications is more analyzing talk, while journalism is the talk. And if you know me, I LOVE to talk (and be center of attention 😉 ) and I want people to know who I am.
A Journalism major requires you have to either double major or get a certificate. The advisor I went to didn’t really help me out. She told me to go to the Career Center and see what they think I should do. The career center is always booked and I now have to wait two weeks before I can go in to see them.
To be honest, the advisor and I did not have similar personalities at all. I kind of think she thought I wasn’t intelligent or know what I was doing which really upset me. At one point during our conversation I was like “whatever you think I should do I will do because I trust your judgement”. And she said “don’t trust me”. WHAT?! As my advisor shouldn’t I trust that you know what you’re doing?! That made me upset. I wanted to leave the Advisor Center feeling confident, when in reality I left feeling anything but confident in what I am doing for my career. Anyways, she won’t let me switch my major until I go to the career center. Ugh. I will keep you all updated. I know you’re all very anxious to know what my major will be in two weeks.
While this was a complete rant, moral of the story is, I’m 18 I don’t need to know what I want to do yet. I am so young. Change your major as many times as needed until you’re happy. Don’t settle for anything less than perfection for you.
Have a great day!