Most people are like my husband and can’t even bother to think about studying after the age of thirty, and then their are others like myself who believe it’s never too late to chase your dreams. I’m not sure if I’m chasing any dream but I sure as hell need a change in my academic life.
Moving to the US meant that I had to start some sort of US education despite completing tertiary education in the Caribbean. The requirements to enter college here is very much different than where I’m from so I basically had to start from scratch, which is a pain but I’m grateful I can finally do something.
One of my biggest problems in life is not being able to settle on a major and I’ll tell you why. No, it’s not because I can’t make my mind up. It’s because I’ve listened to the people around me as well as factors influencing the job market. Maybe this approach worked for others but as I got older I realized it never worked for me because I wasn’t doing what I really wanted to do. I had an impossible dream to write and direct movies as a child and although I may be pursuing writing for self fulfillment, it may never be a full time career.
I’m not a pessimist, I’m a realist.
So here I am, back in the position I was at seventeen trying to figure out what I want to do as a career for the rest of my life. Although I do have my sights set on something, I’d have to wait and see if it happens for me. Having a family and a house to run plays into the picture. It definitely has an impact on the type of degree I want to pursue, how available I am for classes, how demanding of a career it is etc.
I think the smartest move after high school is to take a year or two and really figure out what you want to major in. It’s a bad idea to let other people influence your life choices if you’re not solely happy with it.
xo Coffee Doll