08/06/2012 01:01 pm ET Updated Oct 06, 2012

Attention Freshmen: Change Happens, So Just Let It

By Jenna Rodgers, North Georgia College and State University

Change happens, especially in college.  With my senior year quickly approaching, I'm starting to realize how much everything about me and those around me has changed.

I've made friends, lost friends, changed my major and life plan; everything that could have changed has.  And I know I'm not the only one.  According to Princeton Review, most students change their major in college, some as many as three times.

To me, it seems that  students change their majors because of how much they grow and change during the time they spend in college.  And that's ok.

As a freshman, I was sure that I would graduate in four years with a degree in English education, get a teaching job at the high school I graduated from, and would eventually get my master's and doctorate degree to become a school superintendent. I had it all figured out and was ready to go.

However, as the years went on and I started taking different classes, I was beginning to learn that I was also really good at other things, even better than I was at English, which I always thought was my passion in life. 

During my second semester of my sophomore year, I took a film writing class and everything changed.  I had finally found something that made me feel like I had never felt before.  I felt alive and like I could take on the world.  English classes never made me feel that way. 

I had finally found what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

This change has made me who I am today, a general studies major, focusing on film and journalism.  But it was also one of the most terrifying decisions I have ever made.  To give up something that was familiar and comfortable for something that seemed so foreign and unsure was scary.  In the end, though, it turned out to be the best decision I have ever made, and I wouldn't change it for the world.

The moral of the story: change is a good thing, so don't hold yourself back because something is different.  The growth you will experience in your college years cannot be replaced by anything. 

As Marilyn Monroe said, "Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together."  Don't let the fear of change stop you from becoming who you need to be.