What should I major in/should I even go to college?
I’m 16 and a senior in high school. I want to do something with animals but not necessarily become a vet. I could volunteer at shelters but I’m not sure what I want my main career to be. I was thinking maybe real estate or architecture or maybe even run my own animal sanctuary but I’m not sure I need to go to college for any of those things. I’m not sure what I want to do or be after high school. Any advice? veterinarian college college-major real-estate architecture senior 16 animals volunteer career animal-sanctuary
If you have the opportunity, I would recommend that you go to college. Even if the careers you are thinking about right now may not technically require a college degree, college will provide you with many experiences (both academic and social/personal) that are well worth it. Also, while at college you may discover interests/potential career ideas that you previously had never considered or maybe didn't even know existed.
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it is natural to not know what you want to do in college but I suggest you keep asking until you get the answer that feels - YES! - this is what I want to do. But definitely go to college as it will open up your mind to options that you may not have thought before or didn't know existed. If 4 year degree doesn't work for you you can choose for associate degree and extend it if you choose to - but explore your options in college. Best wishes !
I have to agree with others who have said that it is a bit early for you to decide if you want to go to college. It is hard to know what you want to do without real world experience. I would challenge you to keep exploring what you want to do with your life. This exploration can be done through volunteering at places like animal sanctuaries to see what it is really like. And when you are working alongside those individuals, you can ask about what education they needed to be able to do their job. While a college degree might not be necessary, there might be certain types of certificates or other training that you may need to get the job that you want.
I think if you want to get at least some sort of idea into what you'd want to major in, research about yourself, take personality tests, find your strengths and weaknesses. It seems like you already know your interests so I recommend taking a few different "What should I major in?" quizzes. They should help you to get some idea of what you would be good at with your natural skills.
Pertaining to your other question if you should even go to college, that is something you should discuss with your parents, but if you're asking if it's worth it for your future job/ career path, I say keep looking into careers in this field that you enjoy and then you'll know if college will be worth it or not.