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Problems with Choosing a Major and a College

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I am currently a college freshman studying in the medical field and looking to transfer out. I have realized that the medical field is not for me but I have no clue what I want to do. I’m transferring to a different school as undecided however I don’t want to be undecided and waste money not knowing what I want to do. I am completely stuck because I am afraid if I take a year off I’ll never go back. I’m thinking about a major that this school doesn’t even have and I don’t want to transfer again after I transfer here. I have no clue where to start on deciding my major and I feel like I am completely unprepared to decide my life career right now. I am lost and I have absolutely no idea what I should do for now and it is stressing me out and effecting the schoolwork I have to do as my mind just shuts down from the stress and I give up.

A: Almost 70 percent of college students change their majors once they get into college. Your search is normal and your concern is right in line with your current search for a career. What I am trying to say is that it is very normal—and necessary—to go through a period of time where you do not know what direction to go in. The reason is simple. You don’t actually have enough good information to make the decision. That is why college is a time to sample many possibilities, and then focus.

My strong suggestion to you right now is to start identifying what you don’t want and start sampling what you do. If you would like a bit of inspiration here is Steve Jobs’s (co-founder of Apple) commencement speech to the graduates of Stanford University in 2005.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

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Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: http://www.dare2behappy.com/. He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). Problems with Choosing a Major and a College. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 20, 2019, from https://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2013/05/11/problems-with-choosing-a-major-and-a-college/
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