It is difficult to know what you want to do for the rest of your life at the age of 19. I don’t expect that many people actually know, even if they say they do know.
I have worked with many students who are in your situation. They feel pressure from their parents, peers and society to quickly choose a major. They do not like the ambiguity of not knowing. Ambiguity is discomforting and anxiety-producing. The unfortunate result for many people is that they prematurely choose a major that they later regret. You want to avoid that outcome.
I would recommend taking some time to properly explore your interests. There are several ways to do this. Listed below are some ideas for you to consider.
Visit your college career center. Most universities have great career exploration and preparation centers. At the centers, you may have access to self-assessment tools or tests that can help to determine your strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes, etc. In addition, many of the centers offer access to internship opportunities, job shadowing programs, career preparation practice, and so forth. Many students find these services highly valuable.
Job shadowing. Spending time with individuals who are working in the field that you are considering could provide valuable insight for you to use in your decision-making.
Internships/volunteer work. Internships or volunteer work are great ways to gain hands-on experience doing a job that you are considering as a career. In addition, they also can provide invaluable networking opportunities that could assist you in getting a job after graduation.
Reading the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH). The OOH is a great resource that provides an in-depth level of detail regarding careers. It provides information regarding salary, working conditions and much more. The OOH can be found online here and is published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Other ideas include, taking a variety of classes that would expose you to new and different subjects and talking to your faculty advisor. Reviewing the help wanted ads on websites such as Indeed.com or Monster.com can help you to gauge what skills employers are looking for. All of the aforementioned experiences and ideas can assist you in your decision-making.
With regard to your parents, be honest with them about your concerns. Inform them that you want to take the necessary time to explore your options.
Consider my suggestions above. Don’t feel pressure to make a final decision at this time. It takes time to gather all of the information needed to choose the right major and career. To rush that decision would be a mistake.
I wish you the best of luck. Please take care.