The following essay was submitted by Randi Medley as part of our #Write2Win Contest. It was one of our favorite submissions, so she’s won a prize and we’re reposting it here.
First, the college experience is different for everyone. Second, the college experience is what you make it. Many seniors in high school know their major, their dream school, and have a plan for the future. They apply to their dream school early and, pending acceptance, send in their depots and are done before February. I was not this senior.
I applied to colleges with a 2.3 GPA having no clue where I wanted to go to school or what my major would be. I applied to nine colleges under either psychology or undeclared. Luckily I was able to get into all nine of the ones I applied to. But come the end of April, I had one month until graduating high school and still no idea where I wanted to go to school. Frustrated and eager to make a choice; I chose to attend community college until I was able to better sort out my plans.
I enrolled at community college for the fall of 2011 as a full time psychology major. Over the next two and a half years I dropped my major and took as many classes in any topic I could. Through taking business, biology, statistics, psychology and nutrition classes I earned my associates degree in liberal arts and sciences. Despite this, I still did not know where I wanted to go or what to major in.
Come the fall of 2013 and it was time for me to choose a college to transfer to begin earning my bachelor’s degree. I kept my list short; touring only four colleges instead of nine as I had done before. I toured three and did not like any of those choices. As a last resort I toured the fourth college and once I saw the campus I knew that was the school for me. It was smaller and in a remote location, two things I have always wanted for college.
Still unknowing of my major, I met with a career counselor to help me figure it out. Although she was helpful with helping me choose a direction; I was still not sure of a specific major for me. It was then I saw a poster advertising Environmental Science. After researching the major somewhat I decided to apply with that major and luckily, was accepted.
Enrolling at this college for January of 2014, I enrolled in five classes for environmental science. I was in a new place, living on my own, and now completely immersed in a new major unknowing if I would even like it or not. Almost immediately I loved my major and all of my classes. I am now looking forward to each semester and all of the opportunities I have with environmental science. I was fearful that I had made the wrong choice many times, but in the end everything seemed to work out. It may have taken me a longer time than most but in the end I found the things that were right for me.