August 13, 2016 | Amanda Martinez
In a nutshell, my college experiences have been anything but traditional. After spending my first semester in a major that was not meant to be, I had an identity crisis. I had spent my whole life doing this one thing, how was I supposed to be good at anything else? I was at a loss. Was I supposed to change my major? Change schools? Quit school? I had no idea. In the end, I decided to take a semester off and go back home to take community college courses for the spring and summer of 2014.
I came back in the Fall of 2014 and picked a new major that I have loved since the first day of classes. Now here I am, a senior, about to graduate in December a full semester early.
I don’t claim to know it all, but I’ve definitely been through too many “been there, done that” moments to keep track of. I could literally write a book, but the moral of the story here is that it is OKAY to change your mind, it is OKAY to feel lost and confused, it is OKAY to try new things, and it is OKAY to make a change if something is not bringing you happiness. Believe me, I know the pressure of being senior in high school and feeling like you need to have your whole life planned out. You’re supposed to know what school you want to go to and what major you’re supposed to be and what sorority you want and what organizations you’re going to join. I mean gosh since we were children can we even keep track of the amount of times we were asked the infamous “What do you want to be when you grow up” question?
For 15 YEARS, I thought I knew exactly what I wanted to be when I grew up. Key word there: I thought. Just because something does not work out the way you thought it was, it does not make you a failure. You did not fail, you learned.
Your entire college career will be a never-ending learning experience. You will never quite have it all figured out, nor should you feel like you should. So go to that ice cream social, go to a football game with your roommates, change your major, change your major again, add a minor, play an IM sport, dye your hair, regret dying your hair, and take every opportunity that is given to you. Good luck out there future bearkats and Eat’Em Up Kats!