By Jacob Strangis |Staff Writer|
Will students in college be swayed to settle for a job that is practical or pursue the dream career they feel connected to?
Will income, increasing societal pressures and an unpredictable job market make them change their career paths completely?
“If you go living life by security, you’re not going to be happy,” said Chloe Coto, a student at Loma Linda University.
“More than likely you’re not going to be impacting people, and accept fear as a motivator,” continued Coto.
These are powerful words that will likely resonate with most students who truly do have a dream, but may possibly be torn between practicality and genuine desire.
Some students, even though they are getting a degree, are not relying on it as much as many may assume.
“I’m going to school to get my dream job and I’m here more for the resources and experiences I get out of day to day interactions more than a piece of paper that I will get in the end,” said student Nick Linares.
It is refreshing to see that some students are not bending over backwards and being pressured into societal elements such as them not having a big enough salary or if they will be able to afford all the things they want.
Students seem to value who they are becoming in this world and seeking a genuine identity more so than consumer desires and are not driven by materialistic possessions.
There is more to life than buying stuff you don’t need, regardless of what the consumer culture tells you.
Some students however are also not afraid to combine interests, allowing them to do what they love and make a sufficient amount of capital while doing so.
“I love the route of physical therapy, but there are other things I’d like to do such as being a business owner,” said Erika Arteaga, student at Chaffey College, “So I will be a physical therapist who owns their own practice.”
It is strongly encouraged that students don’t ever give up on their dream of who and what they want to become.
This is to avoid waking up one day, 10 years from now, unhappy and miserable with the decision they made, and instead wake up and genuinely be able to look at themselves in the mirror and be happy with who they are.
Some students are willing to change their majors multiple times to figure out what they want to do.
“I was an accounting major at first chasing money where I wouldn’t be enjoying my life and would be working and not living,” said Daniel Updegraff, Ashford University graduate.
“I switched my major to Sports and Recreation Management and I am going to have a much more enjoyable life,” said Updergraff.