Thursday, March 13, 2014

Majoring as a Professional Student

Deciding on a major is the hardest thing about going to college. Yeah, the classes are challenging, but the real issue for me is that I can't stick to a major.
When I was in high school I wanted to be and Archaeologist (basically just Indiana Jones) and then I decided to be a Chemical Engineer. However during my senior year as I began to apply to colleges I realized "Alaina, you suck at math. How will you be a Chemical Engineer?" So I changed, yet again, to something I thought was a reasonable start: English.
I got in to college having said I wanted to major in English, but by the time I started in August, I knew that wasn't what I wanted. I wanted to do my own thing and be my own boss, and over the summer I had been telling my dad over and over how much I wanted to make glass. I realized later that I would not be able to do what I thought I would so easily. See, I wanted to blow glass and that's not so easy to learn when the only classes are for Art Majors. So I decided that stained glass would be cool too and that's what I have had my eyes set on for the past months. I was to earn a business degree and one a tiny stained glass shop.
Recently though, like the past few days, I have been really wondering about other majors. I have always had this need for adventure in my life and never wanted to settle with a boring job that I would end up hating. So I started thinking about Seismology, which then led to Volcanology (I found out that Volcanologists were expected to study for 10-13 years, I was like "uh no."), which has now led to Environmental Studies. I can't be positive but I think I want to become an Environmental Scientist, although I haven't decided on any specifics yet.
I'm not too afraid to completely switch majors because I know that I can still learn how to create stained glass and do that later in my life.
Those are my musings on college life for now.
Stay tuned!