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I Don’t Know Where I’m Headed in Life

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I am graduating High School this year and I still haven’t registered at a college yet. I don’t know what I want to be or where I see myself going. I would love to own a cupcake shop, but I also want to work with children; possibly be a teacher, or a pediatrician. School doesn’t really strike my attention though, even though I know I should still go. I don’t know what to do. I don’t know what to go into college for, and I have no clue what I’m doing in life. I don’t want to live at home forever, but that’s about the way it’s looking right now. I’m getting so stressed out because I don’t know where I’m going in life, and I’m about to be pushed into the real world in 2 weeks. How do I know what to be? Or where to go?

I Don’t Know Where I’m Headed in Life

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Thank you for sending in your question. While it might feel like you have to get it right – and right now – the truth is this is a time for exploration. Give yourself time to sample all those tasks. See if you could get a part-time job at the local baker. Perhaps volunteer at the hospital in pediatrics. See if there’s an opportunity for you to work as an aide in the school. The idea now is to sample. Once you find that something is to your liking, then you can move toward it.

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

I Don’t Know Where I’m Headed in Life

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: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). I Don’t Know Where I’m Headed in Life. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 22, 2019, from
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