Dropping Out of Grad School [The First Time] Is the Best Decision I’ve Ever Made


I’m fortunate to be in the midst of a relatively successful career. And my college major has nothing to do with it.

In my junior year of undergrad, I switched from a communications major to history major.

I loved history, particularly American Revolution-era history. I loved locking myself in the library for hours and doing research – real research with microfilm and dusty books on forgotten shelves, no Googling – and I’d always prefer writing a paper over taking a test. Moreover, my school had a fantastic roster of professors in the department, so I decided to switch it up and change my career path. I taught SAT-prep courses for The Princeton Review part-time and I loved the atmosphere of a college campus, so why not combine the two and be a college history professor?


That was the extent of my planning.

While choosing a “soft” undergrad major isn’t the death sentence it’s often made out to be, there still needs to be a plan for life after graduation. I had none. My problem wasn’t the major, it was my lack of focus, direction, and drive. While I watched classmates and friends get into grad school or turn internships into full-time positions, I chose instead to party and relax, smug in the knowledge that it would all somehow work out despite no evidence to support it.

It did not.

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Christopher Pierznik’s nine books are available in paperback and Kindle. Check out more of his writing at MediumHis work has appeared on XXL, Cuepoint, Business InsiderThe CauldronMedium, Fatherly, Hip Hop Golden Age, and many more. Subscribe to his monthly newsletter or follow him on Facebook or Twitter.


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