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Gannon enables students to pursue their passions

Jan 30 • Harlee Boehm, Opinion • 468

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If there is anything I have learned from my now two and a half years on campus, it is that it is OK to feel a little lost sometimes.
When I came to Gannon, I had my heart set on becoming an English teacher.
I spent a semester studying in the education department before I realized that my calling was journalism.
Although I enjoyed my time studying education, I knew I had to make up my mind about what I wanted quickly.
I knew that changing my major would make me feel happier and more fulfilled.
Making this switch was scary considering the fact that I had already flipped between journalism and education before even making it to campus. I felt as though I would never truly figure out what I was supposed to do.
I thought I may do the same flip and flop throughout my entire college career.
Now, in my junior year, I am experiencing a similar feeling to what I felt three years ago when I decided that I wasn’t fully happy with what I was studying.
I don’t feel as though I am in the wrong major. I know that writing is something I am extremely passionate about and will be for the rest of my life.
I just feel like I have so many interests that I have been too afraid to explore.
Luckily, Gannon has made it possible for me to feel safe while exploring the different interests I have.
During a meeting I attended, I felt more encouraged than ever to begin to explore what makes me truly happy. The faculty at Gannon can make students feel safe while making personal discoveries like mine.
I am happy to say that I have interests that span beyond journalism and writing.
I have a passion for understanding how people work and why people act the way that they do.
I have realized that to feel more fulfilled, I will try to take on more psychology and social work courses during my next two semesters on campus.
I am excited to hopefully stray away from the communication courses I have had the opportunity to take.
Although my true passion will always be writing and journalism before anything else, I think it is important to gain knowledge on more subjects while I am still able to.
I feel as though most students believe they must focus solely on classes that pertain to their majors.
While I understand that this can be difficult with the course loads of some students, I also think it is important to study as much as you can.
It is better to be able to say that you have had the opportunity to study information that you are interested in than to regret never taking the chance.

HARLEE BOEHM
boehm003@knights.gannon.edu

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