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How did you decide what program you are doing in university

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Heyy people, I am a going-to-gr12 public hs kid wondering what to do in life.

A brief info about myslf:
1. Live in GTA
2. Like interior designs, fascinated by tech, love to eat, outgoing, enjoy flying and driving
3. my favourite YouTube video is "A Day Made of Glass"
4. i studied because of others, not for myself (aka I got good grades but I didnt enjoy them)
5. my ultimate goal is to retire asap (at 45) [I know it may not be feasible, but still...)

Here's my gr11 grades
English 83
Functions 99
Accounting  94
Marketing  96
Chemistry 86
Physics 82
Biology 90
Broadcasting 87

And my only grade 12 grade is physics (completed in summer school) - 94

As above, how did you decide what you are going to do in the future??? Like how do you figure out what you want??
I like interior designs, tech, food, sports, but the thing is - i can't see myself in the future
I dont know what to do? Despite trying to get good grades and apply every single university in ontario....
I really need some advice. Please give me some advice :) :) :)

Thank you very much
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Follow your gut feeling. Even if it turns out that you don't want to study that anymore, that's fine! Lots of people change majors in university!
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I think that taking a gap year between high school and university is a great way to explore your options. Its a good way to figure out what you want to do so that when you go to university you are focused.
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If you're interested in Carleton University, come check out this thread! :)

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I was in the pickle, but this year instead. All I can say, is look for things that focus around what you love to do. Talk to your grad coach and they'll most likely know more options based around you. No need to worry either. You still have a year to figure it out. Also, if you don't like what you're doing, it's not set in stone. You can always change what you're doing.
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I was in the same position as you last year. I didn't know what to apply, so I just applied to life sciences. But a few days before the deadline, I realized that I hated science and this drived me to realize that I like business instead. You can never know for sure. Apply to something you think you will like, and before the deadline for applications, keep searching and keep thinking about what you really want.
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Hi there!

For awhile I was in the same head-space as you. Before I applied for university, I was thinking of my future in terms of what I felt people such as my parents and teachers expected of me, rather than what I wanted to do. Because I was thinking in terms of finding a solid job and my parent's expectations, I was planning on going into teaching. But in a last minute decision I decided to go for a degree in music composition instead, as it is what I'm really passionate about and will enjoy doing. 

I think it really does come down to whether your primary goal is a solid job and early retirement or passion. It is possible to do something that is both, but not always. 

I can only really speak for the side of passion, since that is the route I decided to take. I think taking this route is a more risky choice, and will be a bumpier journey. But I can personally tell you that I love what I do, so much that it doesn't even feel like I'm working. I may be doing music composition far beyond normal retirement, but I know it wouldn't be because of I have to, but rather because I'll want to. 

There isn't really a formula to choosing what is "right" for you to do, and I would encourage you to just follow your gut. What's that one thing that stands out a bit in the back of your mind? With the grades you have, you could really do whatever you want. You could try taking a trustworthy career-path survey, which can help you realize your strengths and weaknesses better. 

Find a couple of careers that stick out to you. Assign a career to each side of a coin, and flip it, and before is lands, your mind will tell you which one you're hoping for. :) 

-Rachel Hardy, yconic Brand Ambassador
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Great post, but why on earth did you think that teaching would provide you with a solid job when the job market has been the worst for them out of all white collar professions in recent times?
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