It has been a crazy start to the semester, to say the least.
Over the long winter break, I decided to change my major to International Business, quite randomly in the middle of the night. I hadn’t been able to sleep well for a while, staying up late thinking about my future, and how I was afraid that I wasn’t on the right path.
I adore Psychology. All I have ever wanted in my life was to help people, and to make people feel better, and I felt like I was good at it. I am good at it. Alas, there are some passions that outweigh others, and some tough decisions that we must make.
The first day of classes this spring, I set out to change my major. I met with my old psych advisor and we talked about my options for getting a minor in Psychology. I went to set up an appointment with an Int’l Business advisor, but even though they had “open advising” (still slightly bitter about this), all of their spots were taken up. SO,
The second day of classes this spring, I set out to change my major again, and I succeeded. I am now pursuing a degree in International Business and Supply Chain Management, with minors in both German and Psychology. The change set me back 28 credit hours and gives me a predicted graduation of a really long time from now (I don’t want to think about it), but I’m going to work with my advisor to knock it down a few semesters. Even so, I will still graduate a semester or two late. All because I rode my bike under the clock tower one time freshman year………………………………..………
Although I had to leave my dream of becoming a Psychologist behind, I now have a much more efficient way of fulfilling my dream to travel my whole life.
I am not quite sure where International Business will take me besides Germany, and I’m not even sure what I want to do with it yet. I’m just excited for the new possibilities, which all sound so much sweeter than doing research for Psychology for the next ten years of my life. This way, not only will my job give me opportunities (perhaps even excuses) to travel, but it will also hopefully generate enough income so that I can travel for fun, too.
I’m glad that I decided to keep a minor in Psychology, because it has definite benefits in all trades, especially business. Also because I can’t imagine a world where I’m not taking a Psychology class every once in a while. Even though it won’t ever be my specific profession, I will always be learning about new developments in the field, and I will always try to help people.
This way, I get to keep both of my passions. Yes, one of them may be on a lower rung in the ladder of life, but it is still an integral part of my climb.