(Closed) How to stay motivated in a hard major?

posted 6 years ago in College
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

First of all – awesome GPA! My best advice it to think really hard about what you want your career to be. It is so much easier to change course while you are still in school. But I can tell you that the grass is always greener on the other side. School is just a few years, but your career can be a lifetime. Are you most worried about the coursework or the actual career? Are there any careers you can easily transition into with your degree in pre-PA?

When you say you don’t know if you have it in you – do you mean you don’t think you have the skills or the passion?

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Ever heard of a quarter-life crisis?  I spent a good 3 years after graduation from undergrad trying to figure out if I made the right decision for my profession, what I was going to do when I grew up, was I one foot in the grave since my career was pretty well underway…

There’s no right answer (which sucks).

Research.  Read articles on how the different jobs you’re looking at rate for starting salary and salary after 5-10 years.  Depending on how you want to live your life after graduation helps too.  Would you rather work long hours and work very hard in your twenties so that you can work 10-3 in your 30’s?  Do you want a huge jump in pay but more hours?  I don’t know anything about the different areas you are looking at, but hunting the job information on your different options further down the line might help.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I know it can be really hard to stay focused in school! My advice is to schedule your time as much as possible and make sure you schedule breaks. While it seems counterproductive, breaks actually help your mind be at its best and based on my personal experience taking scheduled breaks means that I spend less time procrastinating/wasting time when I’m supposed to doing schoolwork. It’s hard not to think about the future, but do your best to concentrate your thoughts on the here and now. Good luck!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

If you know you’ll like the career, definitely stick with it! I know some people might not agree with me, but it definitely helps me (engineer) to think about the $$$. I had a few down semesters too, but the good thing is next semester is a fresh start, so just focus on each term.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Ellyson:  Welcome to life as a science major!  No one expects you to be perfect, though.  PA schools want a well-rounded candidate, not just a book worm! 

It’s great that you have options.   The Army is a great one!  Who says you HAVE to know what you want right now?  For many of us, it kind of evolves even when we think we know. 

What’s something you enjoy?  Make yourself take a break & enjoy that when you’re feeling burned out!  That’ll make the treck to “the good life” a little more bearable.  If you have the drive, desire & passion, then you just have to ride it out.

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