Published on May 26, 2017
Updated on Sep. 17, 2018
Gaining experience in your area of interest is a great way to help make decisions. At the same time, any experience could lead you in a direction you never expected.
I love textbooks. I love learning and theoretical conversations. I love the ideas behind actions, but what happens when it is actually time to take action? Talking about potential majors and careers is great. Staying up late and researching the ins and outs of your prospective industry is highly informative, but how do you know you will enjoy (or not enjoy) doing something until you give it a try?
Gaining experience in your area of interest is a great way to help make decisions. At the same time, any experience could lead you in a direction you never expected. For me, it took a lot of hands-on classes to realize that one of my majors will probably not result in my ideal path. That being said, it took me all of those classes, three summers of camp counseling, a new job, a second major (about which I am extremely passionate) and a teaching experience in Korea to really know that I want to go into education- theatre education to be specific.
Sometimes experiences are thrown at you or you stumble across them. Other experiences can be intentionally sought out. Experiences can be anything as simple as asking a professional or professor a few questions to volunteering at a hospital or even playing a sport.
Are you enthusiastic about an experience? Does it bore you to tears? Can you not imagine your life without it? Answers to these questions can be a key role in finding your ideal direction in terms of career or major.
So, why are you still reading this post? Go out and try something! Give it a go. You never know where an experience will lead.