How to find your academic passion

Because of my varied interests in multiple disciplines, I’ve always had trouble trying to determine my academic passions. Today, after a careful evaluation of my values and drives, I have a more stable idea of what I wish to study. The following are a few tips I’ve learned along the way to help you choose and identify your academic passion(s): Keep an open mind and try not to reject options on the surface. You may not want to try something because you don’t see yourself pursuing it as a career, or you have no idea how it could turn into a job. But I personally believe that if we live purely to pursue certain goals for their material worth, at the end of the day, we won’t exercise our most fulfilling division—the faculty of ideas and actions which harbour personal meaning. Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t find your academic passion quickly. Sometimes it’s hard to differentiate between extrinsic and intrinsic motivations; you might not know if what you’re doing is for yourself or for someone else. As well, coming into a new environment is daunting, exhausting, and sometimes might result in actual tears (believe me, most of us have been there before). But it’s important to be patient with yourself; you don’t know all the answers, and that’s okay. For now, remember to engage in the activities...

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