Tips for college students during finals week

Hello all, my name is Raven Atkins and I am currently a senior majoring in Journalism. This seems like one of the most basic leads for an introduction of one’s self, but the path which lead me to this major is anything but boring.
I came into college from a prestigious West Coast boarding school and felt more than prepared for what was ahead of me. I declared to be a biology major before I arrived at college, my Advanced Placement science test scores transferred in to count toward that biology major; I was well on track to becoming a pre-medical student and eventually, a doctor. This didn’t happen.
Having always identified as a “smart” student, it came to me as a surprise when my pre-med plan began to fall apart. For the first time, I was failing a class. I wanted my plan of becoming a doctor to work out so badly that I was ignoring the tell- tale signs that I was in the wrong major.
If you wake up for class and dread going to it, this may be a sign that you do not love what you are studying. If you are studying for a class and are still not performing well, you may not be studying correctly. If you hate studying, you may be enrolling in the wrong classes for yourself.
One of the greatest lessons one can take from college is to be selfish. Focus on what you want to study and focus on how you are going to make that happen. Unlike high school, when one often takes general education classes with a few possible choices for AP’s or languages, college has an amalgamation of classes from which you can pick and choose. Often, students who declare their major’s before entering school do not get the opportunity to be introduced to other topics or majors they might enjoy studying more.
Some colleges require a few general education type courses before one can start taking major-specific classes, but this idea of choosing your own major is very important because of it’s effect on your mentality about learning.
Having a genuine curiosity for what you study is how you are successful at it and will therefore make you more successful in life. This means that if you are undeclared or don’t exactly know what you want to study in college, you get the opportunity to learn this skill of being selfish, for all of the right reasons.
Students who come in declared, like I did, never encounter that need to search for what they want to study, or, like me, realize they made the wrong major choice and therefore are behind once they switch majors.
It’s okay to not know what one wants to study when first entering college, as long as they are aware of it. This causes one to search for that topic that they love to study and focus on their intellectual desires; it forces you to be selfish. College is one of the only times in a person’s life that you can spend every day thinking about what you want to study, what classes you want to take, what field you want to go into and any other school related issue that involves you.
College is a time for justified selfishness. It is needed to figure out what makes someone truly happy. This selfishness will benefit anyone in their future career and their social life if they are a person that knows what they want and knows what to do to get it.

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