It's easy to get consumed with society's expectations, our parent’s expectations, or our friend’s opinions, and not prioritize ourselves. Often, people put an immense amount of pressure on themselves to get a certain job because that’s “the only way they’ll be successful,” or they’ll mimick the footsteps of a prosperous older sibling or friend so they don’t look bad in comparison. But, do they ever stop to think about what will make THEM happy in the long run?
When heading off to college, we are all faced with the big questions: “What do you want to study?” aka, "What do you want to do with your LIFE"? To some, this isn’t even a question, they’ve known what they want to do since elementary school. However, others (including myself), will still have no idea what path they want to pursue. When I was on the college hunt and touring multiple schools, the tour guides would always ask about what we were going to major in. Most of the prospective students seemed to have an answer, they had a solid plan and knew exactly what they wanted to do. It was almost as if they had their entire career planned out already. I was both surprised and embarrassed, because at that point in my life I hadn’t discovered what truly excited me and what I loved studying. I would reply with “Business/Marketing” because I thought it would at least make me successful and prepare me for a variety of positions.
With that, I walked into my freshman year of college as a Business/Marketing major but little did I know I wasn’t walking out as one. At the beginning of my sophomore year, I began taking more complex business classes and very quickly came to the dreaded realization that I hated what I was studying. The idea of pursuing this degree and continuing to take more intense business classes frightened me, but I didn’t think I had another choice.
Thankfully, there was one course I was taking that semester that I actually found myself excited to attend, and it truly opened my eyes to the possibility of the dreaded "changing my major". This course was Fashion 100, an entry-level course in the fashion industry. I decided to take this class because I have always loved fashion and I was intrigued with the program at my school. After attending this class a few times, I fell in love with everything about the fashion industry. I finally felt like I had found my passion and I could clearly see it in my future. Nonetheless, I was still hesitant about switching to a Fashion Merchandising major because I had underlying fears of being judged for taking a less conventional path, not being successful, or not fitting in. At first I would let people talk me out of it and convince me to stay on the business path, which is where I went wrong and wasted a lot of time. But finally, I listened to myself and made the change to a Fashion Merchandising major to pursue my dream of working in the industry.
Through this experience, I realized that college is where we grow and discover who we are and what motivates us. We are introduced to a wide range of topics and areas of study compared to high school, so it’s TOTALLY normal to experiment with different subjects and figure out what we’re most passionate about. I was thrilled when I enrolled in fashion classes that I was actually engaged in, instead of sitting through a miserable lecture just to pass and earn a degree. So, if you go into college as a journalism major and realize you want to major in psychology, then I encourage you to make the change! Ultimately only you know your true passions and what you want your future to look like, so make it worth your time. I know it can be difficult, but when you put aside others judgements and opinions and focus on YOU, that is when you find where your true passions and path to success lies.
About the Authour:
Brooke Varnum is a member of the Intern Queen network and a student at Marist University in their Fashion program.
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