Quick! Decide right here, right now: What do you want to do with the rest of your life?!
Entering college can make you feel all the pressure. You have voices coming at you from every side advocating your need to declare a major right away.
That decision can make you feel like you need to know precisely what you want to do with your college degree before you even start college.
Slow down. Breathe. Before you ask yourself, “What degree should I get?” Here are a few questions to help guide you as you begin:
1. What big picture do I need to see first?
You have a distinct calling on your life. If you are breathing air, you have a purpose. It’s that simple. There’s a reason you are here on this earth. Some people discover it while they’re in college, sure. Some others don’t quite have it all mapped out until much later in life.
The point is, if you have faith, you know that all things work together for good for those who love God. Before you stress about what major you’re going to aim for in your college career, keep in mind that nothing you do can separate you from the purpose you were born to fulfill.
Now, don’t you feel better?
2. What do I have a natural bent toward?
Try to think about your life as a passive viewer. Take a quiet afternoon and reflect on what you’ve done so far, and what you’ve enjoyed.
Are you naturally drawn toward language and the arts? Have you always had a passion for serving others or advocating for their rights? Do you get fired up about the latest political topic? Did you always want to protect others or design a building or road system that no one else had thought of?
Take notice of these plot points in your life. Perhaps these small dreams or thoughts you’ve had all your life are telling of something greater in store.
3. What sort of lifestyle do I want to have?
It sounds like a crazy question, but it’s something to consider. If you don’t like the thought of working overnight shifts, you’re probably not going to enjoy the field of medicine. If you don’t like the idea of traveling, or not having a permanent residence, a life on the mission field probably isn’t your best fit.
Take a good, unbiased look at the lifestyle of the careers you have in mind. If they’re not for you, stay away from the corresponding major. Part of making the right choice is eliminating what you know you won’t enjoy off the bat.
4. Do I have the right people in my life to help me make this critical decision?
No one should have to make this decision alone if they’re feeling stuck. The good news is that the college you choose will have people dedicated to helping you get on the right track. Before they even enroll in their first class at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, prospective students have guided conversations with the Academic Advising team to help give them clarity in their academic pursuits.
Whether it’s choosing the degree itself, or deciding how to use it in the ever-looming “real world,” there are countless resources and people dedicated to help.
This is a big decision to make, and you don’t have to go through any of it alone.
Want more information on how to pick the degree that’s right for you? Check out regent.edu and our degree offerings! Our Advising Team is here to help you take that first big step.