When I went to Kansas State University I had absolutely no idea what I wanted major in. At freshmen orientation I met with my advisor and decided to be open option for a while until I was sure what I wanted to do. I took a lot of general classes my freshmen year and did pretty well. My sophomore year I took a journalism class and instantly fell in love with it, I have always loved to write. When I met with my advisor to discuss declaring a major I was so excited because I thought I had found the perfect career. When I told my advisor about being a journalism major, instead of looking happy for me she just looked confused. Then she told me she didn’t see me as a journalist. I understood why, I am a really shy person, and don’t seem very opinionated when you first meet me. Instead of telling her that I love to write and my dream is to someday write a book, for some reason I just agreed with her. She then said she really thought financial planning would be a great career for me. We went over what the career was and I thought it would be good because I would be helping people. Even though it would be helping them with money and I have never really been interested in anything involving finances. Then she gave me papers and instructions on how to change my major and that day I officially changed my major to Personal Financial Planning. The next two years I took classes for financial planning and ignored the thought in the back of my mind that it just wasn’t for me. Then last semester I took a tax class that was required for financial planning majors and failed it. I have never failed a class before, I graduated high school with a 3.5. I was so depressed, I hadn’t really done that well in any of the financial planning classes and the only classes I enjoyed and did really well in were expository writing.
After talking to my husband and my family I finally decided I could not go on with this. I would never be happy being a financial advisor and all I have ever really loved was writing. So finally I contacted the English advisor at K-state and asked for her advice. After several emails I decided to get my degree in General Human Ecology and my minor in English with an emphasis on writing and I officially changed my major. Instantly I felt so much better! I feel like I am finally on the right track for the first time in college. My family is so excited for me and they all have said how much happier I seem now. So my advice for any student is it is important to remember that advisors are just a guide and ultimately you have to listen to yourself. No one knows you better than you and in the end it is you that will have to live with your decision. If you go into a career that you hate it will be next to impossible to be happy in your life.