First it was a dolphin trainer, then it was an interior designer, then it was wedding planner, then it was a publicist, and now? Well that is still being determined. While in college, I feel like the question “what do you want to be when you grow up” is only get increasingly popular. All of a sudden you’re suppose to pick a major and magically know what you want to spend the rest of your life doing. It’s so much pressure! And I know a major doesn’t necessarily dictate what jobs you will get in the future and prevent you from changing your mind but it’s still something you’re expected to know by your sophomore year of college. And that's a scary thought.
I know a few things, I know I love advertising, marketing, graphic design, public relations and clothes and I know I would love to combine those loves, but do I know exactly what position I want to be when I grow up? Not. At. All. I commonly get emails asking what I’m majoring in at Furman. I’m a communications major however I made room in my schedule to allow for myself to take multiple graphic design classes in the art department.
It’s a daunting task. I’m often overwhelmed at the thought of just how many jobs there are in this world and how many jobs there are that I have probably never even heard of. What if one of those is something I would love?! When I was in middle and high school I remember thinking that 19 sounded so incredibly old. I remember my babysitter who was in high school at the time and thinking she was just the coolest thing ever. And now I’m 19 and still feel 16 (or 13) at heart. How on earth are you suppose to know what you want to spend the rest of your life doing when I’m still figuring who I am?!
The best thing about attending a liberal arts school is that I get to take numerous classes in all the departments to cover different general ed requirements we have to have to graduate. Even though I knew coming into college that I wanted to be a communications major, it helped me confirm that. It also helped break up my semesters so I wasn’t taking only com classes every semester.
Even though I don’t exactly know what I want to do when I’m older, I know what I’m interested in and what I love. So, when in doubt try to turn what you love into a career. Figure out what your favorite classes are and what you are passionate about. It’s important to remember that your major doesn’t define you. And even if you figure out what you’re passionate about after college I don’t think you' re ever too old to chase your dreams.
Don’t stress if you don’t know exactly what you want to be when you grow up. Most likely you’ll figure it out along the way! Have faith and follow your heart.