I get a lot of emails from slightly younger girls who are in high school, unsure of what to do with their life or frustrated in the situation they're in. Although I've been out of high school for almost two years now, I still remember having these feelings and how strong and confining they were.
It's scary to have to pick what college you want to go to and what you want to do with the rest of your life. It wasn't entirely easy for me and I don't want anyone to think that. Although I found the right college quickly and haven't changed my major, that doesn't mean it's how it goes every time.
Each individual story is different. The key to 'success' in transitioning from high school to college is simply just finding out what it is that you love. I've met a lot of people in college who go through half of their experience miserable with their major and for what? They waste two or three years and by the time they figure out they don't want to study that anymore, they're behind and have to stay longer. Do yourself a kind favor and think about what it is you really love to do before you declare a major. Not what your parents want you to do, what will make you the most money, or even what you feel like is just an 'alright' fit. Find a major you wake up every day being excited to learn more about and advance in. Don't kill yourself stressing about it in high school. Here's an inside clue--most people in college still don't know what they want to do, and even if they do stick with a major, it's not without a lot of doubts and second thoughts.
I've just been super blessed to have found what I love to study early on. But did you know in high school I wanted to be a Spanish teacher? SO different than my current major! It was a process for me though in finding out what I loved and what I was passionate about, versus what I just thought would make me happy.
Don't spend all of high school freaking out. I used up so much of my time worrying and fretting about grades and college and the future and it got me no where. I'm telling you right now in hindsight--I could have done without every single bit of worrying. Forget the ACT, the finals, the deadlines, the essays for a minute and just know that it is all in God's hands. Things will work out or not work out as they should and there is a greater plan for you. Put your cares and worries on Him-- it has helped me so much in college to know this, and is something I wished I would have done for myself throughout high school.
Life will go on after all of this high school stress and you'll realize that instead of enjoying the moment, you worried it away too much for a future that is going to work out just the way it should. Take a breather, drink some tea, and know that all will be okay ♥
With much love, Lauren.