Hello! My name is Melanie Pabst and I am currently attending the College of Southern Nevada, studying Journalism and Photography. My dream career is to become an international photojournalist; spend my days traveling the world and either blogging about it, or write about it in a book or magazine. My passions are mainly writing and photography. When I’m not pursuing passions, I love to read, watch movies, go hiking and travel to places I’ve never been.
So you’ve made it! You’ve finally taken that next step in life, into College. It’s full of new sights and experiences; but also filled with some fears too. You find yourself asking questions such as, what are you supposed to do in between classes? Or where do you start with all of this homework? Am I ready for all of this? You may have a few doubts.
Well, I’m here to provide you with a few answers. You most likely won’t feel at home on your first day. Don’t feel as though you’re supposed to, rarely anyone does. It does get better. You’ll meet new people who have the same interests as you. You’ll start to feel more confident in your classes, instead of being terrified of them. You’ll even join some extracurricular activities to keep you even busier then those classes and homework make you. All of these things will come with time. Remember you have an entire semester, or eight to become accommodated with all of these new changes. So, there is no need to rush it.
College should be used as a time to discover yourself and who you are. Change your mind one or twelve times. That’s what college is for! If you think you are the only one who doesn’t have a clue where to start on this new journey, then you are mistaken. There are more people who are undecided, than who are decided. But you have time to choose. College gives you the opportunity to figure it out. No matter how long it may take. There is no time limit.
The single most important statement that can be made is that you do not have to have it all together. You simply don’t! Yes, there are those people who just have it together. They take all the right classes, and do all they can for their dream career. But they have known what they wanted to do for a long time, and it suits them. But it’s not a requirement. You won’t see the words, “You must have your mind set on a career before applying” in the fine print of your college application. If it did, you may not see as many students on campus as you do now.
There will come a time, when you will figure it out. It may be when you’re in your 3rd semester, sitting in the coffee shop on campus, studying for that quiz. It may hit you like a brick wall, and you will just know that you have found the path that you are supposed to take. Or you may just decide one day to pursue your passion, which you never thought could be anything more. But once you decide upon something, you’ll know. You’ll know that all those countless moments you spent worrying about what you were going to do did not need to be wasted. You will be pleased with your choice, and the person you became along the journey.