As the semester comes to an end, plans are made for the rest of the year. Some students will be returning to school in the fall, some will be taking classes over the summer and others will start the search for a job. The job might be for the summer only or the rest of a career. Many choices must be looked over and decided on in order to get the rest of the year in order.
Huge amounts of thought and effort go into completing a degree; finding a job in the chosen career field is a measure of success. Unfortunately, the job market can dictate a choice of what major to pursue. What I chose to major in was not my “dream” degree. Art and design is my passion, and I started my college career focusing on that. I realized quickly that an art major would not offer me the job security I wanted. I am not unhappy with communications as a major, and I will have a good chance at landing a job after graduation.
I have heard stories from acquaintances who have majored in a “safe” degree only to graduate and land a job in their dream field. Maybe I’m just pessimistic but I don’t want to take the risk of being without a steady job right out of college. Life has enough stress as is. Sometimes to reach one goal, a different goal must be sacrificed.
Returning to school in the fall is in my plans, and prep work must be done this semester for returning to school at the end of the summer. Degree plans must be checked and credit hours calculated. I will be transferring to a four-year university, and that means meeting with advisers, working out finances and praying credits will transfer. While attending a community college was less expensive than a four-year school for the core curriculum, not all classes transfer over. That is annoying, to say the least.
Taking summer classes is a way to put a college education on the fast track. Short, intense semesters go by fast but are not for the faint-hearted. Long days and tests several times a week make keeping up with the class essential. Missing one day equals missing a week in a normal class. But for those wanting to knock out as many classes per year as possible, summer classes are the way to go.
A college career requires as much work and discipline as an actual job. You must show up on time, make an effort, and stick to a schedule. The main difference is you are paying to do the work instead of the other way around. I wish I could say with certainty that my college career will be worth the time and energy put into it, but nothing in life is certain. The best I can do is work hard and hope for the best. Making the choices now is better than waiting until tomorrow. The future is not certain but planning ahead eases some of the worry.