Figuring myself out after high school

How going to university helped me to discover my passions and my learning style.

Jul 23, 2015

I'm in my twenties, and right now the biggest questions in my life are: Who am I? and what am I meant to do?

So I've got these questions swirling around in my head pretty much all the time. And on top of that, I have this sneaking suspicion that these questions may never be answered.

As a social sciences student still deciding between an honours program in psychology or sociology—or maybe neither—the first question, who am I, is one I'll always ponder. The answer will continually evolve as I go through life. Although my post-secondary education has helped me to discover who the Sephra of today is, I'm constantly thinking of who Sephra will be tomorrow!

Finding Myself in University

In university I took a variety of classes that helped me discover what I’m passionate about, what areas I naturally excel in, and which ones I just don’t like. I’ve also learned more about how my mind actually works and how I can use this muscle to my advantage.

Through my courses and exploring various studying tools and mechanisms, I’ve discovered how my mind retains information and which studying techniques work the best for me.

My Learning Style

I’ve learned I have a 'divergent' rather than a linear thinking pattern that's actually really useful in creative fields, working with youth or children, and for innovative problem solving. However, this learning style hinders me in things like writing papers, organizing my desk, or, as my mother will agree, cleaning my room. This divergent approach to writing papers drives my sister bananas and so I insist she support me by helping with editing.

Did I mention she’s an English major?

My post-secondary experience has also shown me that I have a really good work ethic. I'm amazed each semester by how many students put no effort into mastering the material or dedicating themselves to studying. It seems they don’t care about their classes or their learning. I just don’t know how they do it!

I'm flabbergasted by the small amount of time some students spend on their studies and have concluded they are either geniuses or lazy lasagnas.

My Next Steps

After finishing half of my degree I’ve learned many things about my present character. Although I'm still figuring out who I am, I know some things about myself will always be the same. Looking ahead, I know I'll finish my BA and continue on with further education, whatever that may be.

As of right now, I may end up adventuring to London, England, to complete a Master of Psychology in play. I could be a master of play, how cool would that be!? For now, I’m just going to allow myself to keep on floating through life, seeing where this crazy journey takes me!


MacEwan University

I'm almost done my degree and still have no idea what I want to be when I grow up but that's okay!

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