In the previous article entitled “Shedding Light on Students’ Mental Health”, we mentioned that we took a tour on campus, fixed the spotlight on students, and asked questions about their mental health. Needless to say, the results were intriguing. We’ve had people tell us “Thank you for letting us rant and taking some stuff off of our chest.” and that was enough to know we were on the right track. While, of course, some students were a bit guarded —which we totally understood— others were very delighted to have someone actually care about their being.
We started off with a simple question yet full of background struggles and fights: why did they choose their major?
Although many students chose a major because it’s what they’ve always dreamed of, many students were forced into it. It was either because of their parents, the rejection from their desired faculties, or their inability to get the required grades for a certain major. Whatever the reason is, the choice of major surely affects the stability of a student’s mind during periods of stress, and undoubtedly shapes the journey of one’s life, career, and dreams. More importantly, whether a person is happy or not with their choice of major surely makes a difference; as one student told us, when she was asked if she was happy with her major or not:
“I love what I’m doing and what I’m studying, so no matter how hard it gets, I’ll still keep going. Loving what you’re doing definitely makes a difference.”
A major factor that affects our stress level is disliking what we’ve gotten into whether it’s a place, a situation, or a major. You will see a stressed person on the verge of giving up so many times. One student stated: “How do you expect me to succeed when I’m not studying what I’m passionate about?” If you can relate, then this is for you.
Growing up, we’re always living with this “learn to adapt” mindset. We work hard, and we still don’t get what we aimed for. We look up to people who end up disappointing us; we’re forced into majors that will later define who we are, and all what people have to say is “accept the harsh reality and move on,” but it’s you who graduate, and it’s up to you where you go from there. You’re in control of the steering wheel; you should not imprison your creativity just because you think you don’t have what it takes. If you don’t have what it takes, you work on yourself to be better. I firmly believe that if you couldn’tmajor in what you love, you can still study it nevertheless. You can take courses, read books, or enrich your mind with the endless information on the internet.
In other words, if you love something, never ever give up on it no matter what the circumstances are. You don’t just let go of an eighteen-year old dream. If you can’t find an opportunity, create one. Don’t give in to the cycle of adaptation; it’s an illusion made by those who gave up on their dreams and rest their case to whatever thing life threw at them.
Be the one who changes fate, not whom fate changes.