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July 29, 2016 | Emily Snider

There is an ancient proverb that says, “A wise man changes his mind, a fool never will.”  I feel that this is a quote that every college students needs to hear.  If I had heard this quote before coming to college, it would have saved me so much time and pain that was associated with attempting to maintain an image and goals that I set for myself so long ago. 

I have been at Sam Houston State University for four years.  Although it does not seem like a long time to some, so much has changed in that time.  I had my whole life planned out in front of me and everything looked perfect.  I had a perfect major that would guarantee me a job right out of college.  I knew where I was going to move to after college and even when I wanted to buy my first house.  I took my “five-year plan” to the extreme.  Why would I ever change something that seemed so perfect?  

The thing about sticking with my perfect plan though was that I was not happy.  My perfect plans were supposed to guarantee a lifetime of happiness.  It was not even two years into my planned life and I was miserable.  The idea that I could change my “perfect” plan did not occur to me until I called my mom up for a weekly vent session and she had asked me if I was truly happy.  Of course I was happy.  I was on track to graduate within four years and I had just gotten a raise at work.  Everything was perfect, wasn’t it?  That’s when it hit me.  I hated going to class.  Not just in the, “I am tired and class is boring sense”, but also in the, “There is no way that I can see myself doing this for the rest of my life” sense.  

That was the night that I came up with a new plan for my life.  That was the night that everything changed.  I began to take classes over something that I was interested in.  I figured out how my new major could fit into my future, and I changed every aspect about my “five-year plan”. 

In conclusion, change is hard.  Change is painful.  Change is many things but most of all, change is worth it.  No one should be afraid to change any aspect of their life that they are unhappy with.  If you’re unhappy, change it.  After all, only a fool doesn’t change his mind.  

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