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Home Centennial College Blog 2013 March 26 Advice for those who have decided to change their field of study

Advice for those who have decided to change their field of study

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Making a decision on what you want to do in school, can be really stressful! I’m pretty sure we’ve all been there. But you just need to think hard about it and not rush into anything. You don’t want to choose any random field and then not enjoy it, because that’s your time and money gone. My best advice if your thinking about choosing a field to study, take your time and make sure it’s what you want. You want to love what you study as well as love your job after your done school. My personal experience was that I was doing nursing before I decided to do Early Childhood Education; Nursing was honestly all I knew, and all I wanted. My second option was to do teaching but my heart was set on nursing. My parents wanted me to do anything that made me happy which I can honestly say is the best support system you can have as well as reassurance. But I have to admit they secretly wanted me to be a nurse, but at the end of the day just wanted me to be happy with what I was doing. As I started my first semester in nursing, I was focused, determined and everything. I worked really hard at making sure my marks and assignment were handed in early, made sure I studied day and night. It was middle of the semester… and I just didn’t feel the same about my program. I don’t know what it was, but I just felt my heart wasn’t in it anymore. I spoke to my family and friends about how I was feeling, and the greatest advice they gave is what I can give you… they said to me “Jessica, do what makes you happy.” And honestly it maybe something small and so simple but it’s so true. Do what makes you happy not what you think will benefit you later? I’ve always wanted to do teaching, always. Ever since I can remember since it was my second option, but I thought… nurses are always going to have jobs, my future family will be set my mind just went everywhere but I didn’t really think about what I’d enjoy. I’ve been doing volunteer work with children since high school and I’ve never been happier than being surrounded by children. So, I hope my personal experience may help some of you, and just honestly do what makes you happy. Don’t think of it as a failure since you decided to change your field of study think of it as another opportunity or experience to try something new. If you switched it’ll be one of those “Hey, yeah I tried, but at least I can say “I tried!”. Just keep your chin up and remember your doing it for you, you’re the one that’s going to be doing that for the rest of your life.

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