OPINION BY BRANDI DYE
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Q: What do you do if you’re hitting that quarter-life crisis and don’t know if you like your major anymore? –C.
A: The quarter-life crisis and I are well-acquainted friends. No one is 100 percent sure of their major 100 percent of the time, so it’s OK that you are questioning yours. You are not alone.
For me, a good measure of whether I’m meant to be doing what I am doing is how you feel when you turn something in. Do you feel nervous because you wanttobegoodatit?Ordoyou feel relieved to be done with it? If you only want to get it out of your hands, it might be a sign that you are not so happy with that field of study. If you are really hoping to be told that you are good or getting better, that shows that it is something you are invested in mastering and something you care about.
It is not a crime to change your major. You’ve gotta do what makes you happy and fulfilled— not cranky and empty.
Q: Is it possible to beat the sophomore slump? –M
A: Dear lord, I hope so. As a sophomore, I’m feeling the slump, and I’m feeling it hard. But I do know what makes me and my friends feel better: Complain and bond over it. Most of your friends are feeling that same pain. Saying it out loud reminds you that you are not alone. Also, the sophomore slump makes doing school work a billion times harder, but do not give in to avoidance and procrastination. That homework is not going anywhere, so you need to bite that bullet.
Fortunately, sophomore year is just that: one year. Only one year in the grand scheme of things. That’s less than two percent of your life. Power through it!
I am in the same boat and riding the same struggle bus. But hey, see you at graduation.