I said before that this semester is being a crazy one, however I didn't even know how crazy it would end up being! I reached a point in my education where I needed to ask myself what is going to happen? where I want to be? but most importantly, how in the world I am going to make it happen?
Well, I am not 100% sure yet, but I want to believe that I am taking the right steps towards my goals. My dilemma started when I realized that I have been trying to complete a double major in Finance (my area of interest) and Accounting but I didn't have a clear plan for once I completed them. So I asked myself what I would like to be doing in 3 years, 5 years and 10 years form now? and to my surprise none of the possible scenarios included me doing accounting work. I always knew that I wanted to complete my BS in Accounting to have it as background for my career, and I believe that all I need is to know a bit more than the basics to achieve what I want. Therefore, I decided to complete only my Finance degree since I have already taken more than the basics in Accounting and, if I wan to be honest, all I want is to be done with school ASAP!
At this point and thanks to my decision I am only two semesters away to achieve my BS in Finance and hopefully to start and new stage in my life. Now is all about planning ahead and make sure I can meet the requirements for graduation in time. I am excited about what is coming and knowing that is only two semesters away makes me feel a rush, I wan to be done but I also want to be ready to face what comes next. So far my life has been pretty straight forward, I woke up everyday knowing that I want to be a good student and learn as much as possible, and although I have held different employment positions, school has been always my priority. Soon that is going to change; work and family life will be on top of everything and that is a scary thought, all the sudden I am not longer bound to the school expectations and the world and its "endless" opportunities are open to me; but a questions will undoubtedly rise: now what?
I read somewhere that an average college student will change his/her major at least 6 times during the duration of their studies. I can see now how is that possible, as you mature your plans and your ambition for the future matures with you and even more you identity is expose in the same process. You start wandering who you are and who you want to be; plus the exposure to different subjects helps you to determine the area where you can feel you will succeed in life. This is exactly what happened to me; I was determined to complete both programs Accounting and Finance, but then while taking my Corporate Income Taxation class I realized that I don't love accounting enough to go through the pain to learn about the complex tax system and code that we have in the US. It was a wake up call and help me defined my path, so I couldn't be more grateful.
So there you have it, the story of how I change my plans, major and deadlines. I hope you guys can see that a drastic change is not always a bad thing and it could sometimes be the right call. So, don't be afraid to explore your options while you are here in school. If there was a time and place to make mistakes it would be now and it would be here, because once this window we call college is close, is close for good and we are left to face the consequences of our choices in the "real" world. For now I am glad I had the opportunity to have so many people on campus willing and ready to help and provide me advise based on what is best for me and what I want.
Keep up the good work, we are almost half way through the semester and good luck to y'all with your midterm exams!