Hi Judge Josh, I have a rather unoriginal, yet complicated dilemma. I’m a college sophomore with zero direction. I went to a Minnesota college last year and transferred this fall to a college in my home state of South Dakota. I like this college much better, and feel its a better fit. I declared my major as Elementary Education last fall, but since then I’m doubting that’s what I want to do. I’ve considered psychology, photography, early childhood education, and my latest thought is mass comm- journalism.
First of all – congratulations on being from South Dakota, Jaclyn! I know that’s not something you’ve probably ever heard, but we South Dakotans have to stick together!
I want a college degree, I just don’t know what in. I’m getting married next year, and starting a family is important to me. I want to be a stay at home mom while they’re too young for school, but work once the youngest is in school.
A serious thought I’ve had is to take time off school while I figure out what the heck I want to do, finish this school year and then just start working. My mom thinks that might be best if I really have no clue what to do, my dad thinks a degree I may not want to use is better than no degree at all. That seems like a waste of my time and money to me.
Should I experiment with classes till I find something I like? Just go ahead and switch majors to journalism and do that degree even though I’m not sure it’s what I want? Take time off school to figure it all out?
As I said, not too original I’m sure but still a troubling issue! Oh, and I’m done with all my generals but one as of this fall semester, so I can’t just take them to hold off on a major– already milked that one! :S -Jaclyn
It sounds like you have no idea what you want to do, even though you’re halfway through college. Welcome to the pool – come on in. The water’s warm and you’ll never be lonely!
In other words, many people have no idea what they want to do halfway through school. Heck, I might even go so far as to say most people aren’t sure about what they want to do when they grow up, even though they’re already in college.
Your situation is unique in that you actually DO know what you want to do – at least for several years – and that is to be a stay at home Mom. Good for you! This gives you plenty of time to research, experiment, etc. with different career ideas. What are you passionate about? I know it sounds rather cliche, but it’s true – find a career that you’re passionate about and you’ll never work a day in your life.
And your research doesn’t have to be via college courses. After doing some soul searching, you may find that what you really want to do in life doesn’t even require a college degree. The internet makes pretty much all things possible these days, and millions of people are making millions of dollars starting their own businesses or doing work that doesn’t require any sort of degree.
So I definitely wouldn’t get a degree just to get a degree – especially knowing that you will be in no hurry to actually get out into the workforce. With a luxury like that I’d say you stop and smell the roses, find out what really makes you happy, and follow that path. If that requires a degree – fine. Go finish school. If not, then you just saved thousands of dollars.
What say you, oh loyal Outlaw readers? Should Jaclyn take her time to decide what she wants to do before plowing through with a degree that may or may not benefit her?
Or, given the fact that she doesn’t plan on working for a long time, should she take her time and find her true passion? Tell Jaclyn what to do!