It's awesome that you have such a diverse array of interests. Since you are passionate about both the culinary arts and psychology, I would suggest pursuing both, however, your method of pursuit will depend on the opportunities available to you.
- Do you have the ability to major in both areas? A double major will provide you the opportunity to pursue both areas of study and leave options available for both upon graduation. However, you will need to be cognizant of what roles you'd like to fulfill in these areas. For example: Do you want to be a culinary chef, or a nutritionist? Additionally regarding psychology: would you like to practice as a licensed therapist or work in nonprofit. Working as a LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) will require graduate study and also internship depending on your state of residence (https://www.counseling.org/).
- Are you able to pursue a part time job or volunteer position as a cook at this time? This will propel you into the field and allow you to "get your feet wet." Obtaining a small position in culinary now will open your perspective up to how you want to navigate this field down the road and help you determine which academic and career path will best suit your desires in this area.
- Are you able to pursue a major in psychology with a minor in the culinary arts, and will this path allow you to accomplish what you desire? While success is self created, a very important factor to consider is how you plan to sustain your well being following graduation. Which field will allow you to yield the most income so that if things do not go as planned, you will be able to pivot back into the other field of interest should you desire. I would suggest pursuing what allows you to honor your passion but also sustain yourself later. Financial stability is critical not only to living a healthy and stress reduced existence, but to also providing opportunities for grown and expansion later in life (additional education, travel, etc.) (https://www.princeton.edu/news/2009/03/17/financial-security-more-money-alone-may-be-key-happiness-princeton-study-says)
I would suggest that you sit down and determine a job description you desire for both areas of study and determine the most cost effective and time effective way to pursue both of these.
I hope this answer was helpful and I wish you the best of luck!
Nichole recommends the following next steps:
- Determine what career you'd like in the culinary arts.
- Determine what career you'd like in the field of psychology.
- Research the methods and timeline to achieve these positions.
- Research institutions where you can pursue both areas of study either as a double major or as a minor and a major.
- Research methods to "dip your toe" into the culinary field without formal education.