As some of you have learned, I have not taken the most traditional route to college. I'm on my third major at my third school. I'm 21 and I don't know what year I'm in at school. Things have come up and changes have had to be made. So when I saw this article, I felt very strongly that I had to at least try to show it to everyone I know. There's such a stigma against what is ultimately you doing what you need to do be happy and succeed. So I posted the article on Facebook for all of my peers to see with the following message:
"I'm going to say something that a lot of people don't want to hear: College does not have to be the best four years of your life, no matter how many times everyone tells you it will be. College doesn't have to be four years. More and more, people are having a harder time graduating in four years. You can't plan for everything. Maybe you'll change your major, even if you've dreamt of being something for as long as you can remember. Maybe you'll realize that you're not at the right university for you and you decide to transfer. That's going to mean more required classes and more semesters. That's okay. Do what you have to do. Maybe you'll get sick and have to take some time off. That's okay. Take care of yourself and everything else will come together on its own when you're feeling better. Maybe you're taking classes part-time because you have to work to support yourself. It's okay. Maybe you'll do something really cool, like start a band or join the Peace Corps or just take some time to travel. That's okay. School will still be there when you get back. Maybe you just don't want to go to college right now. That's not a problem. You have your entire life to decide what you want to do.
If you've graduated from high school and gone off on your own and have not been entirely happy, or The Plan has gone awry, you're not the only one. We all have different skills and traits and character flaws or blessings and the point is that not everyone will go about their lives in the same way. On the other hand, college very well might be the best four years of your life. If you can get through it in four years and have the time of your life and really achieve, that's really cool. Congratulations to you. But if that just isn't happening, you'll be okay. You will hopefully have many more years of your life that could be the greatest. You don't know what the future holds and you don't have to answer to anyone who tries to put you on a specific four year plan. Never feel ashamed for doing what you think is best for you.
I recommend the attached article to anyone who is worrying about the future. It's okay to worry; I do it all the time. Just know how to bring yourself back to Earth. Thanks for reading this and I hope that you have a great day."
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