How much pressure should I put on choosing what I want to study at University? I am currently very drawn toward Psychology and English and I don't know which to focus more on.
I am a junior in high school.
I would prefer not to go into education.
I don't know whether to focus on English or Psychology and I'm worried that if I choose to focus on the wrong one, it will all go downhill.
Anne recommends the following next steps:
Your first two years of college are going to open innumerable windows of opportunity for you. Unlike high school, you will be experiencing a freedom to explore new avenues. In talking with other students and with instructors (DO make a point to seek out your professors for personal talk, one of the jewels of college that most students overlook. Professors enjoy such involvement, and their advice is priceless.) Three years from now, as you finish your sophomore year in college, you will look back on this question as being premature, and even irrelevant, to where you are academically by then. You will also be aware of many career options that you had never considered. Finally, your life will not go downhill. The beauty of education is that you will always have skills that are transferable to other careers. All the best to you.
Also - while I think it is important to choose a career, it likely won't go downhill if you choose the "wrong one". Plenty of people have a major in something completely different than that they work on so a lot of the skills you will learn them on the job. If you are thinking of clinical psychology then know that you can't do that after getting a major in psychology but you will have to study for more years to actually do that type of work. Research is key here. Talk to people that you know that are in the fields you are interested in to learn what they do, what they love, what they hate, what did they major in, etc. The more you know, the better informed decision you will make. Good luck!