Being Undecided: Part 1

02/28/2013


As many of us enter the second semester of our first year of college, we realize we still do not know what we want to do... and the panic begins.  "4 years of college isn't enough! What if I can't get a job in the major I like? What if I don't know what I like?" No need to worry. In these series of blogs, I am here to calm all of those fears and more: help you take some action! Step 1) So, what does one do when they first get to college... you do exactly what you are told to! EXPLORE. The best thing you can do for yourself is take classes either for general education requirements or classes that interest you to see if you like them. This will readily help you narrow your scope. 

Yet, some people, including myself, still get panicky and lost after doing this because we haven't figured out what we DO like... so what next? 

Step 2) Take action and get your thoughts onto some paper. 

Take out a sheet of paper and write all of your interests both inside school and out of school. Write down everything that possibly comes to your mind. Now, read over it again and circle the top ones. After you do that, give the list to a friend, parent, or someone you trust. Have them read over it and circle the ones they think represent you. 

Once you have that list, see how many of those things you have taken a class in or are integrating into your everyday life. If you aren't taking part in those activates in some shape or form, RED FLAG! It should be your goal to try to seriously look into every one of the things on that list. 

But now you ask... what do I do if I am confused and don't know what I like? This list makes no sense to me!

Step 3) Well... you keep moving. If learning about yourself is difficult for you, try taking self-assessments to help you learn your tendencies and help assess your interests and options.

Many of these assessments are located on the UCS website. These range from the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator to the Strong Interest Inventory.  

Tips to taking these surveys:

  • Answer the questions by your instincts and what you feel represents you. 
  • Know that they will not give you the answers or put you in a box.
  • Keep in mind that the point of the assessment is to help form a guide for your personality, not give you a right or wrong answer of what to do with your life.

 

The most important thing to remember is that you are LEARNING ABOUT YOURSELF.  You don’t have to have your entire college career decided in a day.  It’s an on-going process, and I’m here to help you through it. Stay tuned for the rest of this four-part blog as the semester progresses!  And if you have any questions in the meantime, make an appointment and come on into UCS!