Everyone has those moments.
Moments you know are going to change the current direction of your life.
Like I said in a previous blog, we each encounter little moments every day that can change things ever-so slightly.
But, every now and again, those moments are big decisions that take a lot of thought and multiple opinions.
I’m dealing with one of those moments right now in my own life. And let me tell you, it’s a little terrifying.
But what’s even more terrifying is being unhappy in a major you’ve only been pursuing for a year. Then you begin to wonder, “If I don’t like this now, how am I supposed to work in this field for the rest of my life?”
I asked myself that question about two weeks ago when my roommate was going through the process of changing her major. When she began to describe just how unfulfilled she was feeling, I realized I could identify with a lot of the same feelings.
And that’s when I began to freak out. But for a good reason! I began to evaluate where I was and the direction I was taking my life.
That’s when everything began to fall into place. That’s when God started showing me the little things He had been doing all along.
For example, I had made a last-minute decision to add a coaching minor last semester to begin taking those classes this spring. After sitting through a few of my functional anatomy classes, I realized how much I loved learning about the body and how it works.
Then, I decided to specialize in health and wellness for my ONE journalism class I’m taking this semester. I began to follow health and wellness accounts on Instagram and Twitter. This helped me realize how much I enjoy living a healthy lifestyle.
So, I scheduled meetings with my anatomy professor. He mentioned the option of potentially working in the physical therapy field. What’s ironic about that? I job-shadowed a physical therapist during the summer between my junior and senior years of high school. I actually committed to Simpson wanting to go into physical therapy, but plans change.
After that meeting, I scheduled another meeting with Career Development to nail out the details. The Career Development office at Simpson is top-notch. My meeting was a full 45 minutes of explaining my concerns, excitements and frustrations. Sometimes, you just need to talk it out to find clarity.
That’s exactly what I did. I may have walked away a little overwhelmed looking at the unknowns of the future, but I knew what I needed to do.
But first, I had to talk to my parents.
My parents are so great. No matter how crazy my ideas are, they’re always behind me (even if they don’t understand). They’re my own personal cheerleaders. I was a little nervous to tell them, but after I did, they were both so supportive – just wanting me to do whatever I enjoy.
I enjoy and am excited about exercise science.
I love rehab – seeing a patient go from limited mobility to walking in a few short months. I love working with people and helping them be the best they can be.
So, I have decided to change my major. From multimedia journalism to exercise science.
It’s scary and I still have no idea what I’ll be doing or where I’ll be after college, but I know I’m in the right spot.
I had to decide whether I wanted to stay where I was (which is definitely the easier route), or put in the work to do something I enjoy.
This is a defining moment. An EXCITING defining moment.