The College Experience - Exploration and Self-discovery Essay

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The College Experience - Exploration and Self-discovery

What do you want to do with your life? If only I had a nickel for every time I was asked that pesky question ... in particular,

by some overly-concerned adult! I swear, if I hear it one more time, I'll launch into a

screaming fit! It's right along the same lines as the annoying, "where do you see yourself

in ten years?" As a student wrapping up my freshman year at the University of Southern

California in Los Angeles, even the question "what's your major?"can pose a bit of a problem.

At this point in my life, I simply feel that such questions are too restrictive. Why is society

fixated on categorizing everyone into neat little groups? I thought
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Suddenly major-less, I felt adrift

in a sea of indecision. I was compelled to pick a new major to attach myself to, and quickly.

Like any drowning person would, I grabbed out for anything that appeared it would keep me afloat.

Fortunately for me, a freshman entering a major university, the possibilities as to what I could

study were endless. Indeed, they were almost too endless. How could a person possibly be

expected to pick one thing from so many exciting and diverse fields? I realized that in order

to make up my mind, I needed to try a bit of everything ... and so, I did.

General education requirement classes, while receiving countless complaints from students who

feel that they are pointless busy-work, can be a blessing in disguise because they open up

worlds that students might otherwise not know existed. My first semester of college, my classes

consisted of literature, French, geology, and film, quite the diverse course load. Being

exposed to a variety of different fields helped to narrow my list of possible careers. Based on

my experience, I could quickly decide if I thought a subject was interesting enough to pursue

further. Not having a major was scary, and during those first few weeks of classes, there was

no career I didn't consider. There was even a point when I (a self-professed