By Kathleen Ramirez |Staff Writer|
When you graduate from high school and someone asks what you want to do for the rest of your life, some people know right away, and others, like myself, are plagued by this question.
I definitely took my time figuring it out.
When I first started college my major was nursing and after two years into the program I decided it was not something I could see myself doing everyday.
I never pictured myself as communication studies major, but here I am writing for the Coyote Chronicle and I could not be happier.
Of the 1,840,000 Bachelor’s degrees earned in the U.S. between 2012-2013, the majority were in the business field, according to Nces.ed.gov.
“My parents were both business majors in college and I always thought I would follow in their steps, but once I got to college, I realized business just wasn’t for me,” said student Sarah Peterson.
“I decided to change my major to Public Relations, but now I will graduate later than I expected,” added Peterson.
I personally think it is well worth it to extend your college career to ensure your degree is earned in something that you love.
In a study conducted in 2010 by The Washington Post, researchers found that only 27 percent of college graduates obtained jobs that were related to their major.
Taking that into consideration, it is important that we explore all options that are available to us.
For example, there are classes offered that specifically focus on helping you find what program suits you best.
There are students who totally adapt to the college life and take advantage of all the experiences available to them.
Though they might take longer to graduate in the long run they come out of it knowing what they really want.
“I had always planned on being a political science major, but no one told me that once I graduated with this degree, the employment options are limited and I wish I would have taken more time to figure out what I really wanted,” said student Michael Alvarez.
It is understandable that some college students may feel rushed to graduate due to financial obligations, they cannot afford tuition for more than four years, they do not want to acquire that much debt or maybe their parents are pressuring them to graduate.
Currently only about 56 percent of college graduates receive degrees within a six year time frame, according to Pew Research Center.
“I think it is important to take your time through college because it is definitely the sweetest time of your life,” said student Sam Shaw.
We spend our whole lives rushing to grow up, get a job and become a part of the working class, that we do not take the time to enjoy the ride.
In today’s world, the more education you have, the better job security you have.
At the end of your college career, the most important thing is that you end up with a job that not only makes you happy, but one that also fulfills you.
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