: usual or ordinary : not strange
Usual, ordinary, not strange; that’s the definition of normal according to the Merriam Webster dictionary. Normal could also be defined as the common accepted behaviors among a group of people. Or simply put, normal is what everybody is doing. Usual, ordinary, not strange, is that how you want to be defined? If it is, please disregard the rest of this post. If not, keep reading.
Still here? Great!
Let’s take a look at what normal people are saying about planning your future and choosing a major. This excerpt comes from a popular college resource site.
“Realize that you definitely do not need to know what you want to be doing ten years from now. College is a time of exploration and discovery. Many prospective college students have not yet been introduced to the fields that will define their future careers. The majority of students will change majors before they graduate. Many students will have careers that aren’t directly connected to their undergraduate majors.”
Hmm, it sounds good but what kind of advice is that really? All I hear is:
“That’s right folks; don’t come to college with a plan…please. You can figure that out once we get you on the conveyor belt. As a high school student you can’t possibly know what jobs are out there nor have any information on them without going to college and taking exploratory classes. Plus, you’re probably not even going to be getting a job in the field that you just spent four years and a ton of money to study.”
Let’s look at the advice the colleges are giving. This excerpt comes from a universities’ website.
“Many new students come to college with the skills and abilities to succeed but without a clear idea about a college major. At Anonymous University, we welcome the undecided (EXPLORATORY) student. By declaring “exploratory” as your major choice when you come to Anonymous University, you will have the opportunity to learn about different majors and minors, take self-discovery inventories, and meet faculty and students who will help to guide you toward choosing the best major for you. Students who choose Exploratory Studies receive one-on-one advisement to help with their individual needs and concerns about choosing a major.”
Again all I hear is:
“Don’t know what you want to do yet? That’s okay; we’ll take your money anyways! We don’t mind influencing your decision about your future based on courses we have available and needs we have within the university.”
That same university went on to propose:
“You can live with other exploratory students as a part of the Explore, Discover, Decide, Living, Learning Community.”
I know when I have no clue how to do something, or when I’m trying to figure something out it always helps me to surround myself with other individuals who are equally as clueless… oh wait. Never mind.
My point in all this is to simply encourage you do push past what is normal and do what is extraordinary.
adjective \ik-ˈstrȯr-də-ˌner-ē, ˌek-strə-ˈȯr-\
: very unusual : very different from what is normal or ordinary
: extremely good or impressive
Merriam Webster defines extraordinary as very unusual, and that’s what I want for you. Be that weird student who actually knows what you want and has a plan to get it. You don’t need to go to college to have someone tell you what you can do. Figure that out now so that you can be ahead of the masses. You don’t have to go to college and pay top dollar to intern in different fields and learn what you like and what you don’t.
Job shadow now.
Take the initiative and do something now. Be extraordinary. Identify your passion, discover your talents, and create an economic model that makes you rich doing what you love.
Bottom line: Run from normal and you’re well on your way to becoming extraordinary.