I spent six years getting two degrees in music performance, but it wasn't until the very end of my time in higher education that I realized that I get more fulfillment out of being the person behind the scenes making everything run smoothly than I do out of being the person on stage. I was so fixated on performance when I started college at age 18 that I never stopped to notice that somewhere along the way, my priorities changed.
I knew that something was off, of course. Especially in graduate school, I had a nagging feeling that I wasn't as committed to the orchestral job search as my classmates were. I was, and am, extremely dedicated to learning how to be a great teacher, so I spent most of my time in my classes observing how my own teachers operated. They all had different styles, and it fascinated me. In retrospect, perhaps I was meant to be an education major.
College is expensive and changing majors usually means staying an extra semester or two, so of course you should think carefully about what course of study you want to pursue. However, don't be too hard on yourself if you graduate and realize that your interests lie somewhere other than where they did when you were just entering college.
The chances of you working in a job that exactly mirrors what you studied are slim; you might be the lucky one who majors in music performance and wins an orchestra job, but this is by no means a guarantee. It's more likely that you'll find something related to your field that also interests you, or is at least close enough to be worth pursuing. Or perhaps you'll discover something else entirely that you feel passionate about but weren't aware of until after school ended.
Regardless of what you major in during college (if you decide that's the path you want to take), you'll learn a great deal about yourself and about how to be an adult. Many of the things about myself that I take the most pride in--punctuality, personal responsibility, follow-through, and organization--are byproducts of my college experience. It's only after graduation that you're able to see the full weight and merit of your education.
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