College Planning Expert’s Tip of the Month – January

6 things to do when you don’t know what to do
courtesy of Next Step Magazine

Thinking about college got you down? Here are six things to do when you’re not quite sure of your next step.

1. Don’t stress! There are hundreds of thousands of people in the world who’ve been clueless about their college major. You, too, will figure it out. Just give yourself time.

2. Know that it is OK to change your mind. It’s better to change your major while in college than graduate, get a job you hate, and have to start again from scratch.

3. When you’re trying to choose a career, list the priorities of not only what you want in a job, but also what you want in life. Do you want a job that is stable and where you can stay for many years? Do you want to travel? Do you want a job that allows for lots of personal time? Or are you willing to take a job that will demand your whole attention for many years to come?

4. Research your possibilities. Think about what you like. Make a list of careers in which you may be able to do the things you like to do as hobbies. Do not stick with just the obvious! I am sure if you like to draw, you’ve probably thought of becoming an artist. If you like math, you’ve probably considered becoming a mathematician. But what if you like both? How about architecture?

5. Seek guidance from people who you trust and who know you well. Try your parents, a good friend, your favorite teacher, religious leader or maybe your grandparents. (It’s a grandparent’s duty to believe their grandchildren can do anything, so even the most illogical ideas sound wonderful to them!)

6. Chill out. Don’t overwhelm yourself with worry and stress. You are not going to help yourself at all if you fail your classes because of the time you spend worrying about the future. Take care of the here and now so you can get to the then and there.

Focus on where you are while you are there. Enjoy the time while you have it, and every year will be the best.

Ashlee Center is a student at Sinclair Community College (sinclair.edu). She is from Franklin, Ohio, and enjoys reading, music and spoiling her niece.

~ Courtesy of Dave Mammano, College Planning Expert, Campus Calm

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