As a first year freshman, the question I get the most is “what are you studying?” When I say fashion, merchandising, the next thing they ask is, “So you’re going to work at target your whole life?
It is pretty annoying to get opinions about your passion that are less than flattering. However, I am passionate about my decision to study fashion and follow one of my favorite things. Most people may not know what they want to, but that is okay! It is more than okay! It should be expected. How can you expect a person to know at 17/18, what they want to do with the rest of their lives? The formative years of college will help you decide what you are interested in. It is okay if you try something for a little while and decide in the end that it was the right choice. Changing your mind is fine and encouraged. You should never settle for what anyone else wants you to do! No matter who it is or what the history is, you should do what you need to do to be happy and follow your heart, even if it may not be able to make up its mind!
Moral of the story, do you. Find something you love, and go for it. Do not let anyone hold you back from doing what you are passionate about. If you want to be a doctor, lawyer, model, chef, teacher, etc., try it out and find a career that is going to be satisfying to you intellectually and emotionally, over financially.
When I Grow Up….
When I was growing up, I always wanted to be a banker. I honestly don’t really know why, but that’s what I always wanted to be. When my grade school teachers took all of the students on a field trip to the village area at the Magic House, I “applied” to be a banker. I knew banking meant that I got to do math and I really liked math at the time. I was formulate enough to be the “Banker Manager” at the Magic House for the field trip. We cashed all the other works play pay checks and taught the students how to fill out a deposit slip and write a check. This is one of my fondest memories from my childhood.
Continuing into middle and high school, I always excelled at math so I figured banking would be a safe bet and something that would always be needed. However, once I got into more complicated math, banking seemed less and less appealing to me.
After taking many more math classes, I realized I liked and wanted to continue with math, but not banking. My middle school opinion was that I did not want to sit at a computer all day with a calculator doing math. I found a passion for fashion as one may say, and out went the banker passion.
I still am fond of math and honestly find myself into crunching numbers quiet frequently. I am thankful for my initial interest because now I know how to calculate interest rates and things like that.
Now, as written in other posts of mine, I study fashion merchandising and I am hoping to be able to use my math skills as a buyer one day!
Whatever you decided to do as a career, even if you do not know when you make it to college, know you have time and people to help you. But, most importantly, pick a career that is going to be fulfilling and challenge you as well as maintain your interest for a few decades!
Once I went to Fontbonne, all the advice I got in high school was not true. Everyone told me that teachers did not care if you went to class and that classes were extremely hard. At Fontbonne, the teachers do care about students coming to class and they care about students learning. In one of my classes a student was constantly absent and the instructor didn’t like it and even took it personally!
The best advice that I have received in college is information about internships! For a long time, I could not figure out what I wanted to do with my business degree. Then someone told me about the retail management internship at Nordstrom. It was very competitive and the person told me how to get past 500 applicants. I ended up getting the job for next summer! I’m really glad that I do not have to worry about what I will do after I graduate!
When I started out at Fontbonne I had every aspect of my educational future planned out. I was going to major in Art, minor in Psych, and eventually go off to get my master’s in Art Therapy. Art Therapy is an up and coming career in the mental health field that uses art as a means of helping people with issues they might not have the spoken words for; it helps enrich the lives of the elderly and the mentally disabled alike. It’s a great path for someone that loves art and also really wants to help people. It was also a career choice that would be almost guaranteed to bring in a paycheck while I tried to make time to create my own art. After my first semester, and now into my second semester, I have had a slight change of heart. I fell in love with ceramics. Walking into the ceramics studio to create feels like coming home, and I don’t want to ignore that. So I will be changing to a Fine Arts major with emphasis on ceramics. I’ll be keeping my psych minor because I find it so fascinating, and it’ll give me more options for what I can do when I graduate if I need it. My love is art, my passion is ceramics, so that’s what I’m going to strive to do in my post-college life. Life is too short to work 9-5 in a cube 😉