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I am 16 year old and have no idea what to do in college. is choosing psychology a good option?

I love reading books, designing, and helping people. I have a dream of becoming a therapist but my mom is sort of against it. I am super confused as to what to choose so that I'll be happy and can provide income to myself and my family. #psychology #college #career

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Cathy’s Answer

I recommend looking into a career in Art Therapy. My daughter is an art therapist. She did her undergraduate in Art with a minor in psychology. Then got a masters degree in art therapy. She loves art and helping people. She has been working for 3 years counseling children who are in foster care and those being adopted. She gets paid very well. Do your research so when talk with your mom it will help her understand. All the best to you.

Cathy recommends the following next steps:

Research Art Therapy
Research which colleges have art theapy as a degree
Designing is part of art research designing
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Anthony’s Answer

I'm so happy to hear that you are already thinking about your interests! Use the next few years to explore those options - volunteer, work shadow, read up on what the career path looks like. Actively look into your interests and by the time you start thinking about college, you'll at least have an idea of what you want to study. Also remember, that you can continue to explore different interests in college! So don't feel pressured to know right now what you want to study. Just start exploring the things you love and are interested in now.
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Jessica’s Answer

Hi Mrunal,

Psychology is a great option! There are a lot of careers that align with people who get a degree in psychology. Some include counseling, marketing, writing, sales, and more.

However, keep in mind that you do not have to 100% know what you want to do going into college. Many people change their majors and that is okay!

Best of luck!
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Ashley’s Answer

From experience, my mother didn’t want me to major in psychology either she wanted me to be a nurse, but I didn’t want that. I have a passion for psychology and want to be an advocate for mental health. At the end of the day, you need to realize that yes you should always respect your parents, but it’s your life. They had choices to make and whether good or bad that’s on them now it’s your turn. Your parents made choices for you for majority of your life, but this is now the time for you to realize what you want to do with the rest of the time your have ahead of you. Would you rather be happy with your choice or be miserable because you let your parents continue to make the choices for you. You only have one life so live it because it’s yours.
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Lisa’s Answer

Don’t let your Mom decide what’s best for you! You love her and she loves you but it’s your life! Tell her you love her but you want to figure out what’s best for YOU! She loves you, but ask her to let you experiment! Good luck!

I didn’t decide to be a college professor for a long time. An an undergrad, I was a jock, before Title Nine. I wanted to play Major League Baseball! Now I’m a retired 71 year old former jock for taught social justice for 30 plus years, cause I’ve always been an activist… and I watch baseball on tv ( I live in minnesota and the Twins stink, BUT I love the WNBA, and I go to MN Lynx basketball games…and they are just now catching fire!) and I’m a woman, so playing Major League Baseball was a pipe dream. You think that’ll ever happen? Good luck!!!!
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