While I was in high school, I was too focused on studying the International Baccalaureate that I was not paying attention to what I truly wanted to study and what I wanted from my experience at university.
In my first year, I had no idea what I was passionate about. I was honestly anxious because I felt like I needed to decide my major right on the spot. Thankfully, this was not the case. I’m not sure if other universities are as flexible, but the system at USYD allowed me to select a few electives, encouraging me to find my passion.
As I was attending various classes, I discovered my interest in Psychology and Criminology. From here, my career pathway became more clear but more importantly, I genuinely felt hopeful to find a subject that I was enthusiastic about. Once I decided to focus my studies on Psychology and Criminology, I felt more and more committed to understanding the topics covered in this course. It felt very close to my heart and I knew I wanted to pursue and defend these values in my career.
I believe that it is definitely tough to know what you want out of your studies and experience at university. You may dislike your course at the start, feel like it is too late to change majors, or feel like you’re wasting your time. All of these feelings are completely valid and there is no need to rush things. I think it is only natural that you struggle in the beginning. So my advice is to take your time and slowly discover what you really want.