If you would have asked me when I graduated high school what my plans for college were, I would have told you I was going to Kansas State University, would graduate with my bachelor’s degree in three years, and then immediately start vet school. Upon completion of vet school, I would have said I am coming home to work in private practice and run cows with my family.
If you would have asked me 8 months ago what my plans were, my answer would have been the same.
However, if you were going to ask me today about my future plans, you may be surprised to hear that everything has changed. I have decided to take a year off after graduation and start vet school in the fall of 2018. I am not entirely sure where I want to be when I finish vet school. And that is completely ok.
You don’t have to have all of your life planned out the day you turn 18, and you are allowed to change your mind. In the course of college, you will meet people, build your network, and discover opportunities you never even imagined would exist for you. You will take classes that you love, and classes that you hate. You may have an awakening where you question what exactly you are supposed to do with your life. And that is all completely normal.
Don’t wish your college years away because you feel like you have to graduate early, get that job, build your career, and be successful. Take in every good and bad decision you make, every night you stayed in studying (and every night you should have), and all your successes and failures. College is a time to learn, yes about your chosen major, but also about yourself. You may be surprised to learn that the day you graduate from college, you are not exactly the same person you were when you graduated from high school. You have four years of making your own decisions, having unique experiences, and making new friends under your belt.
You change, and your plans change. Don’t stress over the change, embrace it.