It’s okay to go in a different direction
When I was in college, I wanted to be a choreographer. All my life I’d been a dancer and I knew without a doubt that that was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Then, two years into my dance major, my knee started acting up. Long story short, dancing as a career was no longer in my future. I’d always been someone with a lot of different passions so it was easy for me to fall into yet another of mine. I used the credits I had already taken as a dance major, switched to a dance minor and became a media studies major.
In my media studies major, I concentrated in media writing, particularly screenwriting. I even wrote a full length screenplay. When I was finished with school, I wished I had gotten my undergrad in creative writing instead because that had become my new dream. I wanted to be a writer. So I looked into graduate programs in creative writing.
I was all set and ready to start applying for graduate schools when something out of the blue happened: life. I was one month pregnant with my little boy.
Sometimes, you think you have your life all planned out but you never really know what’s going to happen. If I’d never dealt with my knee problem, maybe I’d never have an adorable little boy. If I never switched my major to screenwriting, maybe I would have never written my first book that I’m querying to agents right now.
Life is going to throw you curveballs. It’s okay if you don’t end up where you wanted to end up. It’s okay if you change your major twenty times. Don’t worry. You’re going to end up right where you belong.
As for me? I’m working for a biotechnology company (yeah, not using my major at all!) and have a perfect year and a half old little boy. I’m still writing religiously. I still have dreams. But I also know that it’s okay to change my mind too. If I hadn’t, I wouldn’t have ended up here. And let me tell you, here is a pretty great place to be.