So I did a bit of an odd jump for careers and schooling, because I didn’t know what I wanted to do lol
I went to school for Journalism when I was 20 as well, and at first I really enjoyed it, but I didn’t like living so far from home. I kept on with it though and graduated with honours - but it totally didn’t feel like it was right for me. I’d just spent $20,000 on something I knew I wasn’t going to do, and that got me really depressed for a while. I wanted to go back to school but I got engaged during my last year of Journalism (a 2 year program) and it just didn’t seem doable.
Fast forward a year, and I have a new romantic partner who encouraged me to go back and do something I really loved.
I contemplated nursing (to eventually work in pediatrics), midwifery, early childhood education and social work.
After a lot of narrowing down and researching (I couldn’t get into nursing without going back to high school again, and at 22/23, I wasn’t willing to do that!), I settled on [name_u]Early[/name_u] Childhood Education (another 2 years).
I applied and began studies just before my 24th birthday and just finished my first year a month ago! I’ve gotten grades in my courses that I could only dreamed of getting in high school and I now feel so confident in what I’m doing - I can’t imagine doing anything else!
Not everyone does things at the same rate and that’s totally ok! I’ll be turning 26 a couple months after graduation, and at first, I was really concerned about that, but now, I’m completely fine with it!