Being a college student, one of the most common questions I’m asked is “what is your major?"
Picking a major is a long and thought-over process for some, but for others it is something they have always known. Having this grand idea of a major and a career path is something that every college student is expected to have figured out, and even after it is decided it often changes and develops as your academic career goes on. The end of highschool and college can be very stressful times because the pressure to know what you want to do for the rest of your life seems to loom over you. It is not easy to get older and make decisions that impact your future, and through it all I think it is important to stay in touch with your imagination and let yourself daydream.
One of my favorite methods of self-care is baking cupcakes.
To me there isn’t anything as fun as searching the web for a new recipe, seeking out the ingredients, taking the time to make them from scratch, and then giving them out to friends and family because there is no way you can eat them all yourself. Thanks to Pinterest and their plethora of cupcake recipes from scratch, I have made them with fillings and decorations that I never thought I would be capable of doing (and the result is an amazing cupcake I never thought I was capable of creating). Baking cupcakes has without a doubt become my favorite hobby, and while I would not change my college major, I dream of opening my own cupcake shop or cupcake food truck. Sure, this may be kind of silly and above all unrealistic, but dreaming about this is fun. There is so much pressure to know exactly what you want to do in life that it is easy to squash your own dreams when they don’t fit into what you think society will deem “acceptable”. But instead of being so concerned about how your wildest dreams will fit into your carefully planned out life, allow yourself to dream and contemplate what more life has to offer for you.
While it may not make sense for me to drop everything and change my career path permanently, there is nothing wrong with keeping my options open and going with the flow of life. After all, who said I couldn’t be a school counselor with a cupcake food truck? Life has its ups and downs and no matter how hard you try to have everything figured out, sometimes it will take an unexpected turn. Don’t confine your imagination to what seems the easiest to accomplish or what others may accept, you are never too old or too young to do what you have always dreamed of.
So whether you have everything figured out or you're lost in the process, don't forget to stay true to yourself and remember what will make you the most happy. It isn't all about what is the most acceptable, but instead what will get you motivated every morning to do what you love. Keep dreaming big and don't be afraid to let your imagination take flight every once in awhile- sometimes that's where you'll find yourself most content.
Written by Alyssa Friedman