I’m almost done here, but how am I supposed to know what to do next?


Peyton Fester

When I am at Purdue next year, the struggle will not be the fact that I am far away from home, or the sad image of me being able to count my friends with my fingers: it will be that I won’t know what I’m there for.

Sure a higher education and a piece of paper at the end for the sole purpose of getting a job. I mean, what will I do though? There are so many options, and I still feel like I just started high school. There is a sense of urgency for seniors to know what they want to do and be sure on where they want to go. It is a lot to juggle, and I just feel so lost when I think about what my major should be.

I just want to know what I want to do”

Right now, I am in the exploratory studies program for students who are undecided. If you are worried about where you should go or what you should do, know that you are not alone. I get the question, “What do you plan on majoring in?” and I always have the same answer: “Not sure, but I’ve got a few ideas.”

These ideas are a laundry list of possible career paths that really do not even relate: dermatology, broadcasting, accounting, engineering, and sales.  The choices are endless. I just want to do something that makes me happy. I feel like everybody wants that for themselves but with so much pressure to pick just one it becomes a source for stress.

This world we live in revolves around money, so that factors in to some extent. For example, I would love to possibly be a police officer and protect communities; however, the hours and pay are not all that great. That, to me, does not make sense at all, but that discussion is for another time.

I just want to know what I want to do; I do not want to make a decision based off of money or anything else that someone has to say.

My decision should be left to me.