Since you are reading the blogs, I can assume that you are learning about some of the cool opportunities that Tufts students have. You might have read about clubs, internships, and ridiculous (in the good way) research. One of the coolest things about going to Tufts, in my humble opinion, is that we all have the opportunity to explore. Some incoming students might have a clear idea of how they want to spend their time in college, and others might not. Regardless, everyone have the opportunity to explore all kinds of different hobbies and career fields. No one is ever put in a little box with a specific label on it. There are engineers who love to take English classes and uncoordinated people who learn to dance. Come on, that’s pretty awesome!
With all that exploration, everyone has the chance to find out what they are really interested in. Personally, I’ve really benefitted from going to a school where students are encouraged to try new things. I’ve mentioned before that I teach high school health classes. If you had asked me about the clubs I would be a part of in college, I would not have mentioned teaching. Once I got here, my roommate and I wanted to try out teaching and if we ended up being good teachers, it would be awesome. If not, at least we had branched out in college. Once I tried it out, I realized that I loved it! Since getting to Tufts, I’ve also branched out academically. I came here determined to be a Biology major, become a doctor, and dance in my free time. In the past 2.5 years, I’ve taken classes that I loved, and classes that weren’t great for me. I’ve made connections with professors who guide me and help me figure out what I’m good at. Through all of that, I started to figure out what I wanted to do with my future. Instead of being a Bio major, I’m Child Development & Community Health major, volunteer health teacher, and I have an internship at the Governor’s office. I never imagined that this is what I’d be doing!
Not all students completely change what they want to do with their lives. We all do, however, have the chance to get out there and start trying new things.