At the age of 17, I had to decide what I want to be in order to choose a major. My major will determine what I will do in the future. How was I supposed to make such a life-changing decision? My brain isn’t even fully developed. My parents told me, “choose a major that will make a lot of money.” My parents didn’t see the point in studying for 4 years only to not have had a job and a useless degree. I agreed with them to an extent. It is important to choose a major that will get you employed, but I didn’t see money as such as an important factor. I knew that there was no way I could survive 4 years studying something that I was not passionate about. I brainstormed what I would want to be. Lawyer. Doctor. Teacher. From there, I listed possible majors that would help me achieve that occupation. The more I researched each major, I decided that I wanted to study biological sciences. I have always been interested in STEM courses rather than English and History. Biology was the perfect fit. I made sure that my senior year classes were based on my future major just so that I would be 100% sure that biology was the major for me. After taking these classes, I grew a greater passion for the field of study and grew very excited to be studying it for 4 years. I told all of my friends, family members, and people about what major I decided on. When I told them that I was completely set on the major, they became anxious for me. I had no backup plan, nothing to fall back on. The reality is that what my passion is now may not be the same in the next year. I started to panic. What was I going to do if my major didn’t work out as planned, I had based my college decision on my major. My best friend gave me the best advice. She said, “Jess, take this one step at a time. Whatever happens, happens. It will work out at the end. The most important thing is that I do what I feel passionate about.” Currently, I am a biological science and biomedical engineering major. I am very happy with my decision. Although it was a very stressful process, it was all worth it because I was able to plan out my future and visualize the path I would be going down for the next 4 years of college. Don’t stress about if you don’t know what you want to major in. Frankly, at this age, it should be normal to not know what you want to be when you grow up. By the time, your passion comes to you. That passion turns to drive and will help choose a major that is fitted for you. It doesn’t matter how much money you earn if you aren’t happy.
“You’ve got to follow your passion. You’ve got to figure out what it is you love who you really are. And have the courage to do that. I believe that the only courage anybody ever needs is the courage to follow your own dreams.” -Oprah Winfrey
By: Jessica Lee