By: Abigail DesVergnes
Sometimes life just goes by too fast. One day you’re learning how to walk, and the next you’re forced into making the most important decision of your life.
That decision comes during the senior year of high school, a time when students attempt to figure out what they want to do for the rest of their lives.
Over 69.2 percent of high school graduates are enrolled in college according to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 study, but a smaller percentage of those students go into college not declaring their major.
Attleboro High School graduate and Worcester State University freshman, Lexi Barboza, said that “choosing a major is a major decision.” Now in her second semester of college, Barboza hasn’t been able to decide what she wants to study.
She believes that this is a decision that has to primarily reflect her personal interests, leave her academically and economically successful, and more than anything, it has to be something she’s willing to commit the rest of her life to.
“I feel suffocated by all that I could be,” Barboza said. “There’s just so many different career paths that I have the option of choosing from.”
If there was one word Barboza could use to describe herself it would be “adaptable.” She finds herself adapting to all sorts of situations, whether she’s at school, waitressing at Bliss Dairy in Attleboro, or hanging out with friends.
Her adaptable nature is one major contribution as to why she can’t choose her career path.“It’s tough, sometimes I feel like I’m all alone,” she said. “At school I’m surrounded by so many people that know what they want, but I don’t.”
She’s not alone.
AHS senior Natalia Wroblewski is in the same place that Barboza was a year ago — trying to figure out where she wants to go to college as an undeclared major.
“At first, searching for colleges and being undeclared was stressful,” said Wroblewski. “I didn’t know what I was looking for or what schools I wanted to go to.”
Although it’s stressful, she’s grateful for the opportunity to be open minded in her decisions, and is excited for the unknown.
Teenagers need to have an open-minded thought process according to Wroblewski, adding,“It’s crazy that seniors in high school have to make a decision that’ll affect the rest of their lives. We are so young.”
Wroblewski and Barboza envy those who know what they want at this age, and hope that they can find their place in this world in time.
“I think that life is a continual search to find who out we really are,” Barboza said.T