From One Incoming Freshman to Another

By McKenna Tippings on August 22, 2012

They are always the same two questions that every college student gets the summer before college: “What school are you going to?” and “What do you want to be?” The first poses no struggle, but the second is not quite as simple. It’s this question, with all of its possible answers, that seems to trouble a majority of incoming freshmen—including myself.

What do you want to be?

Unless you are someone who has always dreamed of becoming a lawyer or a doctor from before you can even remember, you are most likely in the same position as myself. We don’t know what we want to be, and we envy those that do. We answer that nail-biting question by stating the major we have chosen, as if that answer will suffice, and we continue to remain optimistic in our search for the perfect career.

However, is college not the perfect place to find yourself and discover your passions? Surely, it is. That is the beauty of it!

It is important not to feel too overwhelmed or intimidated by the uncertainty of your future.   We don’t have to be 100% convinced of a career choice as we sit down in our first lecture hall. Instead, take advantage of your general education classes so that you can stay on track, yet explore a variety of fields that interest you.

For example, if your major is economics, but you have always been passionate about writing, you may want to take a more extensive or appealing writing course for your general education. If you happen to already have your writing units covered and you are still interested in it, try reaching out to your campus newspaper or magazine. Extracurricular activities can be used as a great tool for exploring interests if your classes are already established with other priorities.

My advice is to be proactive and get involved. Yes, we have all heard that before, but nevertheless, do not let the seemingly infinite amount of opportunities pass you by. College is still a place to grow and figure out what it is we want to do.

Our learning environment is about to change significantly. It is no longer considered ‘nerdy’ to explore our academic endeavors. In fact, there are hundreds to thousands of other students trying to partake in enriching activities, who would love to meet another student with the same interests.

Don’t hold back from joining clubs, participating in events, or even taking on an internship. If something seems to grab your attention, don’t hesitate to acquire more knowledge on whatever it is. You may come to find a passion within an extracurricular activity that you have taken on.

In addition, responsibilities are taken to a completely different level as freshmen enter the uncertain world of college. Students are given the option to do whatever they want between or after classes. Use this time to try new things or pursue a side interest because it will undoubtedly show you a positive approach to more self-disciplined lifestyle.

It is time for us to figure out what we enjoy and who we strive to be!

Pressure to find your future career will still be there. Nonetheless, we should focus on starting fresh and taking on different responsibilities, while enjoying these next four years of our lives. By being proactive and getting involved, I am confident that the direction we are headed will be one in which we are able to find our passions, and ourselves in the process.

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By McKenna Tippings

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