Undecided or Indecisive: How to decide which program is right for you

Over the past nine weeks, I have had the pleasure of meeting lots of students and I can’t help but notice a trend. There are so many students who are still undecided and just want to study everything. If you are one of those students, do not fear because I was once in your shoes and with this job, I find myself again very indecisive as to what I want to study next. My hope is that by the end of this blog, you will feel inspired and have some more tools in your toolbox to help you make the right decision for you!

First, you do not have to know exactly what you want to study when you apply to university. You can come into university undeclared and then declare at the end of your first year or you can apply into a specific program but change your mind throughout your time at school.

Second, do some soul-searching; talk to your parents, guardians, mentors or someone in your field of interest. Something that helped me was talking to my parents, researching prerequisites for programs and job requirements, and talking to people who I trusted who worked in the field of business.

Third, maybe you want to think about going back and doing a victory lap to boost your marks and take that year to reflect more on what you would like to do. Or you can go to college and then bridge over to university after you complete your diploma. There are a lot of routes you can take and there’s no wrong way!

I knew since I was in grade 7 that I wanted to become a teacher but coming out of high school I wasn’t completely ready to leave home yet. I decided to take a year and complete a business diploma program from college and then I applied to Nipissing University to upgrade my diploma to a degree.

And here I am now, still thinking about what’s next? I’m taking my time.

I hope that I gave you something to think about! Best of luck in your decisions and don’t forget to ask lots of questions. You should also book a campus tour to visit all the institutions you are considering in order to find where you belong!

– Dez