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I feel like im wasting my time......

Gipper4Gipper4 Posts: 2Registered User New Member
edited January 2011 in College Life
Ok here is the thing. I am a sophomore in a 4 year state college right now and do not know what I want to do with my life. My freshman year, I was an undecided major and got most of my generals out of the way. But, I couldnt decide what I wanted to declare. Nothing jumped out at me. I had always wanted to be a sports writer or a sports reporter, but I didnt wanna go through all the other english junk that I would have to go through if I went into some kind of writing or communications major.

This year, I spent the fall semester finishing up my generals and declared my major in Social Sciences for Secondary education for this spring semester. I have always kind of enjoyed sociology, psychology and history and things like that so I figured I would give teaching a try.

Well, I have this job at an outdoor ice rink and I deal with 50-75 annoying, stupid kids and crazy parents every single day, and it just gives me a headache. I never really had a problem with kids before, but im really hating my job right now because of all this.

Right now, I feel like I will not enjoy teaching for the rest of my life. And I feel like its too late in my college career to switch now because ive already spent this time and money. And taking a year off or dropping out or going to a tech school is not an option because I love the college life, ive made sooo many great friends up here, and I would feel like a failure. But I feel like im at a crossroads right now. Anybody got any wise words?
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Replies to: I feel like im wasting my time......

  • RoxSoxRoxSox Posts: 2,179Registered User Senior Member
    Switch your major. It may take slightly longer, okay, that's the price you pay. However, I'm sure many of the classes you've already taken can be applied to another major. You said you just finished up your generals, I assume those are gen eds? So you probably haven't even done much work in your major yet. Now's a fine time to change. It's never too late, btw, people switch all the time. It's not really a big deal.
  • siemprecuriosasiemprecuriosa Posts: 503Registered User Member
    ^ Agree.

    Also, you seem to be implying that working with the annoying kids at the ice rink has made you feel like you wouldn't enjoy teaching. If that's the case, is it possible that it's just the case that the kids you work with at the ice rink are too young? Maybe you would enjoy teaching older kids, like high schoolers?
  • Gipper4Gipper4 Posts: 2Registered User New Member
    you both make legit suggestions. But first, I wouldnt be able to switch my major and my classes and stuff until next semester since im all registered for this semesters classes and what not already...so there goes another wasted semester.

    And yes, right now I am doing secondary education so the kids at my work are younger than the ones that I would be working with in the classroom. But theres just this big part of me that feels like I wouldnt be happy teaching, and I cant put my finger on exactly what it is. It might be the salary, it might be the fact that I think I am just settling for this because I couldnt decide on anything else, or it could be that I know there is something out there that will make me happy but I dont know what it is yet.

    I just dont know.
  • RoxSoxRoxSox Posts: 2,179Registered User Senior Member
    Well, you're the only person that can really help you with that. The only advice I can give is make sure you're not still in the add/drop period. Mine ends tomorrow, for example. As to not knowing what to do, no one can give you advice about that and you'll have to make z decision.
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