Stress-free Steps To Your College Future

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Junior year hasn’t even started, and I’m already being bombarded with questions about my college and my near future. “Where are you going to go to school?” “What do you want to major in?” Don’t get me wrong, I should be preparing for life after high school, but it is not reasonable for me to have it all figured out right at this moment. Adults expect us to have seamless plans and goals that they know won’t perfectly happen. So, really what’s all the fuss about? Life is unpredictable, and it tends to throw whatever it wants at you whenever it feels, so nothing is ever really set in stone. However, you do have to start somewhere, so here are some tips to help you actively think about your future without letting pressure and stress factor into the equation.

Make An Outline

Start thinking about where you want to see yourself in the next 5 to 10 years and what you want to achieve. Then identify what you would have to do to ultimately get to this point. Whether it be majoring in a certain subject in college, moving to a particular state, or developing a specific skill, find out what you need to do to make it work. Create a list of colleges that you are interested in that offer courses in what you want to do. This will also assure some adults in your life that you have actually given higher education a thought.

Do Some Interesting Research

Emphasis on interesting. Research colleges and career options according to how you like to digest information. Don’t read a super long article if you don’t like reading, and don’t blindly search around college websites if you don’t know what you are looking for. Make it fun! Watch college vlogs and videos on YouTube or take the virtual tour online if they have one. Researching colleges and universities doesn’t have to be this uninteresting and dreaded thing that you have to do anymore.

Find Something Just For You

Everyone has that one thing that they love to do. When looking into colleges, search to see if they have organizations or teams that you would like to join that tap into hobbies you enjoy. Academics aren’t everything at college no matter how much people claim they are. You will need to find refuge with other students to focus on something other than your grades.

Be Open To Change

There is no doubt that something in your plan will eventually change. You may not get into the school that you want to or your interests may change. You may even develop a different end goal due to an adjustment, but don’t be rigid in the midst of change, instead possess a calm and open mindset to the situation. Remember, there can be multiple paths that lead to the same place. Just because you didn’t seek out for something to go a certain way doesn’t mean that it is harmful to you.

Searching for colleges shouldn’t be something that’s nerve-racking for you until you are waiting on your acceptances. Make it a point to start early, and research efficiently to reduce the pressure and stress of it all.

 

By Kyla Hubbard, Junior, Whitney Young

Instagram: @kyy.r

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