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How to Alleviate the Stress That Comes With Being Undecided in College

August 29, 2021
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Let’s face it. There is an unrealistic amount of pressure for young adults to “know” what they want to do with the rest of their life. Before they know it, students are sitting in a college counselor’s office deciding on a major at only eighteen years old, a decision that could determine their entire future. It’s important to know that you are not alone if you feel lost about what path to follow toward your future. There will be people you meet in your careers that, at any age, will tell you they are still exploring different careers and trying to figure out what they truly want to do. Here are a few things to note that will help alleviate the stress and pressure you can feel from being undecided in college. 

Many Students Will Change Their Major

Almost 75% of students will change their major at least once. Even if you feel like all your friends have it figured it out and are confident in the major they chose, chances are they will change it or adjust their emphasis before graduating. With this in mind, focus on taking your prerequisite courses that will be needed regardless of the major you choose. 

Your Major Does Not Limit You to a Single Career Path

Many students believe that the major they pick will lock them down into a field where they will never be able to venture out. This is not true at all as there will be multiple career opportunities presented to you regardless of your major. A large percentage of people do not have a career in the field where they have a degree. This is not to say the knowledge that they learned from their undergraduate and graduate programs is not being utilized (as there are many ways in which those skills are valuable), but there is a sense of comfort in knowing that, for example, you can study psychology and still work in the business field.

There is No Rush in Figuring Out What to Do 

There is a lot of stress put onto figuring out what to do and not enough emphasis on the importance of figuring out what we don’t want to do. Explore different jobs and internships, take unique elective class courses, and start crossing things off the list that you decide don’t feel right. Don’t get discouraged by taking up opportunities that you end up not liking, it is still a step in the right direction.

With figuring out what you want to do, looking at other students and rushing to explore your educational and future careers, it can be a lot to handle all at once as an undergraduate student. It is important to keep in mind that there is no rush to success, and everything you do is leading you towards the best path for your future. 

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How to Stay Motivated in College

August 20, 2021

Staying motivated in college is something that comes naturally to some students and a lot harder for others. Motivation is fleeting, but relying on self discipline and consistency is what will ultimately help students get through those days they need to be driven. Motivation is known as the willingness and desire to do something, and let’s be honest, as human beings, we are not always willing to do all the tasks that are expected of us.  

The first step students can take to attempt to ensure that motivation remains intact in college is to set daily goals. By establishing goals, students set themselves up for success. There is something about establishing a plan of action that helps ensure that encouragement remains intact. 

Having a good balance between academics, extracurricular activities and social life is a tactic that helps students avoid burnout. By figuring out the perfect amount of time that should be allocated to each aspect of life, a student can easily stay motivated.

People often overestimate the existence of motivation. It is not always going to be present. Relying on motivation alone to ensure student success is not sufficient because there are going to be times when, as a student, you are going to be discouraged and not have the presence of motivation to push through. Being disciplined and forcing yourself to be consistent with your productive habits is what should be the ultimate ticket for student success in college. 

Setting specific goals and making sure to stick to them may help with motivation for the sake of personal accountability. Having set goals is a tangible thing students are able to keep track of that will enable them to stick to what they set out for themselves. 

Having an idea of how you want your day to go and what you want to accomplish throughout each day can help with motivation. The feeling of accomplishment that comes after you get to mark a task off of your list is an incomparable feeling that a lot of students might find hard to pass up. 

Do not get discouraged if you are not able to accomplish all your tasks that you assigned for yourself on a specific day as long as you worked on each of the other tasks to the best of your ability. 

Motivation is defined as the driving force that propels people to engage in specific goal-directed activities. This feeling is most likely not always going to be present, so it is important to recognize that discipline is what will ultimately guide most students’ success.