By: Keely Grossman- The Brock Press
Before some of you have even stepped foot in university, you (think) you already have your life planned out. Life doesn’t always work the way you want it to; dreams change and so will you and this has the possibility to lead you down a whole different path than you expected. In first year we have the opportunity to take a variety of courses ranging from psychology to accounting. With our choice of electives, we even take courses that aren’t in our major – and those can really affect us more than we think. Taking a variety of classes can lead you down a different career path too. However it’s not just about the courses.
For the first couple years at university it’s not the courses that will help you find who you are, and it’s not just the courses which will steer you in the direction you want to go, it’s the extracurriculars that you take that will also help you go down the right path. In the first two years or so, university’s all about variety- taking a variety of courses and joining a variety of extracurricular activities. You can join groups that are passionate about mental health, social justice or just about anything.
Extracurriculars will also give you certain skills that a textbook can not give you like proper communication and good leadership skills. They can provide you with the skills you’ll be able to put on a resume. For the first couple of years it’s really all about that variety, building on and acquiring new skills and just enjoying life. People in their 30s and 40s often switch careers, but at the ages of 18 or 19 having to make those choices so young isn’t always realistic. You’re going to change your mind lots of times and that’s okay.
We often feel like we have to make those choices so quickly because it makes us more comfortable to have a plan for ourselves, but regardless if you have a plan life isn’t going to always go the way you want it to go. My best advice for all of you in your early years of university is just to relax, take a variety of courses, join extracurriculars, take on on-campus leadership roles, have fun and enjoy the journey. You’ll figure out what you want to do someday, but it doesn’t have to be today.
Remember don’t be afraid to take a risk and try something new, learn from your actions and experiences, but most importantly make sure you do what will make you happy.
Enjoy university because it’s those years will help us discover some things about ourselves that we didn’t realize in high school, or in prior years. University is full of opportunities so take the chance to do all you can do, then revaluate what you want to do career wise. I’m sure for most of you it will be different from what you originally had planned.