As a first-year college student, my life has changed drastically in the course of a couple of months. From moving away from home and adapting to my new home away from home to learning how college life really works, this experience has been very stressful. Now as a “freshman” I am having to decide a minor to go along with my major in a few weeks, with little help and guidance from the school. The University should be offering more help and guidance for students in my position.
I came into my first year of college with 40 hours of dual credit college credits. This technically makes me a sophomore in terms of hours. I am a psychology major, and what comes with this is a required minor that I must decide “later on.”
While I am so very grateful to be ahead of my projected timeline, to graduate early and to have saved a lot of money in the long run, it is an overwhelming place to be. I just started my college life a couple of months ago, where I had to decide the major that I would be using for the rest of my life. Now, I am having to decide a minor and the focus of where my career is going as an 18-year-old in my first semester of college.
The news came to me as a shock. I found out in my advising meeting for next semester. I knew I was ahead and had more hours, but it didn’t hit me that I would be deciding this so soon. They simply told me that my schedule for next semester would be very messed up if I chose to not declare a minor. I feel like I should have been told before this that I would need to be thinking about this big choice.
My advisor here at SFA has been more than helpful. She has helped and encouraged me in this process and assured me that my options are very good choices. But, she cannot tell me what to do or what to pick. She can only offer some guidance during this tough time.
I believe that there should be more guidance for students who are in my position. High schools and even colleges don’t really have a way to help students who are ahead in school. They only offer basic services, and they should offer more help to students who are struggling in these choices. While most students appreciate the help from advisors, they can only do so much.
I can go so many ways with my major, and if I am going to be putting money towards my minor, I would like to actually use it in the future. But as someone who is so young, I am having to decide the fate and focus of my future all now, while most people my age are nowhere near this level.
I tend to stress very easily. After only recently recovering from midterms and the end of the semester being just around the corner, it feels like I’m under water. I know, though, that I will make it out of this, even though it feels like a setback.
I know whatever I decide to go with will be worth it in the end. I just have this fear that I will make the wrong choice and regret it years down the line. Wherever this decision takes me, I only hope that it will benefit me.
The University should offer more for students that are narrowing down their majors and getting further into their hours. It is a scary decision, but college is scary and becoming an adult is scary; I just wish someone had told me and helped me through this choice ahead of time.