Originally Posted by Jtran10
I am currently a freshman in college and have decided to "relocate" for next year. I applied to UVM, Utah and Montana State (I got my acceptance letter here today) and am very unsure of where I want to go.
On top of all this I have no idea what I want to study (I am an accounting major right now). I know that acct. will get me a good career, making good money, in basically any place that I choose to live.
UVM is in-state for me, and is also only 10 minutes from home so I'd have to say this is the lowest choice for me. I was thinking of changing my major to sports management if I went to Utah (a subsidiary of the "Parks, Recreation and Tourism" major), but I have no clue what my job prospects would be with this degree, especially when I compare it to all the roads accounting can lead to. And no, I wouldn't major in this to have an easy major, I am truely interested in the courses involved.
I want to be able to ski (see the schools I applied to) but I don't want to throw away my future by majoring in something that won't help me later in life.
I am also thinking of taking a year off and ski bumming, but I don't see how I will know any more clearly what I want to do with my life afterwards.
I know that this isn't totally ski related but I wanted to look for insight and wisdom here, because I know that many of you are older then me and have probably experienced this at some point in your life.
I am so glad to see you have considered taking time out to do what you love and give yourself a chance to figure out what you want to do with your life.
My suggestions:1. Take a year offBUT2. Move out on your ownAND3. Spend your year, or part of it, in another country.It isn't the amount of time you take off that will help you decide your future, it is what you do with that time.If you spend it in familiar circumstances, with familiar friends and family, nothing much is likely to change.
Get set up with a program or do it on your own, but going to live in another country will do more for you than anything else. Unless you live in total isolation it will help you find out who you really are.
Everyone will tell you that living abroad is great because of the women (or men, I guess), because of the culture, meeting people who see the world differently, the good times, women, the song, architecture, women, different languages, women, etc. It's the effect all of these will have on you that is the important and richly rewarding thing.One thing:
When you get home after being away it is practically impossible to explain to people how it affected you.
It'll seem as if you've been away for years because you've packed a ton of life-altering experiences into a short time, and your family and buddies probably spent that same time doing their normal thing.
It a bit like the "twin paradox"
Too many of my undergrad friends allowed their lives to be dictated by how much money they could make. The first thing that happens is you have car payments, maybe a mortgage - and you never get to do all the things you thought you might.
You're young - do it now. Don't be like my like old friends, saying they wish they would have.
BTW - Just so you know: you'll be a hit with the women in whatever country, simply because you're a foreigner - and when you come back home, you'll be a hit with the ladies because you've turned into a sophisticated, living-abroad, kind of guy.