It’s common for teens to change their minds about…well, everything.
And when it comes to making the “right” decision about what they want to do after college or about college majors, we’re getting into tricky territory.
And doesn’t that make sense?
We’re asking our 17-to-18 year-olds to figure out what they want to do with the rest of their lives. And, with the way that technology is advancing, it’s likely that the jobs that’ll be available in the future for them haven’t even been invented yet.
Lots of students change their minds about what they want to study in college after they get there and dig into the material and variety of courses available. In fact, about 30% of students in the U.S. end up changing their major at least once, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. And one in ten of those end up changing majors twice.
But my kid?
She just changed her mind about her entire path forward.
Last month, my graduating senior was making a list of the items she needed for her residence hall move-in this August at her dream school. Now, she’s decided to instead become an airline pilot.
This, my friend, is a pretty substantial change. A whole new set of post-secondary rules.
While we’re so very thrilled that she’s understanding her passions and following them, we just submitted a deposit for the college she anticipated attending. I mean, come on.
Now we’re scrambling to figure out how to help her move forward to achieve this new goal: Where can she go to flight school? Where can she also attend college? How many flight hours will she need? Which state will she be living in? How long will it take? How much money are we spending on flight school and a college degree? What’s the most practical, efficient and economical path for this?
In all honesty, we’re laughing about the timing of it all. I’ve learned that staying lighthearted over big changes like this makes things So. Much. Easier.
So today, I’m writing this post to share a few “mindset” tips to stay sane and composed when changes like this happen.
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