While talking with high school students and their parents, one thing I find myself saying more often than ever before is “It’s okay!” It’s okay that you are interested and gifted in multiple academic areas. It’s okay that you have not yet decided on which college to attend or what major to pursue. It’s okay. For whatever reason, students feel this immense pressure to have everything figured out by the time they enter college.
When you think about the highly scheduled, “synced family calendar” lives we live, it makes sense that high school students feel overwhelmed when thinking about their wide-open futures. Being a part of the Google generation means that answers have quite literally been at their fingertips their entire life, but a search for “what should I major in” can be even more overwhelming – with over 79 million results!
So how do students decide on a major?
Often students have an audible sigh of relief when they hear these two simple words – it’s okay. Why have we sped up this process of growth? The best part of my work is helping students realize their gifts, learn more about themselves and focus more on the journey as they reach their destination.
Ashlee Giles serves as Ouachita’s DISCOVER Program director
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