College is fantastic. Moving out was a far better idea than I could have ever imagined 5 months ago when I first put down a deposit.
I've been attending classes for one week and think I may have found my major! At the tail end of my first Intro to Food Science class, the coordinator was showing the various course requirements the college has food science majors take. While I was terribly interested in the major, the amount of chemistry and math classes needed to graduate frightened me off. Just as the bell was ringing, he pulled up another slid and told us of a second option in the major that focused more on the business and management side of food science. I could not believe how excited I was as I rushed out of the classroom to Dad's office on the other side of the building.
Food industry management has a lot of what I do want (business, economics, nutrition, marketing) while cutting out some of the things that initially scared me away from food science (8 chemistry classes cut down to only 2). Also, it appears that I can get a minor in business simply by taking all the classes food science requires AND (according to my favorite professor) getting a BS in food science looks good on MBA admission applications. Degree-holding professionals are always in demand (29 of the 30 spring graduates from this major already have jobs) and BYU has a lot of connections set up with companies to allow their students internship opportunities.
Looking ahead to an MBA might be premature since I'll be struggling just to pass American Heritage this fall. However, I've always pictured myself going on to get a higher degree and these last couple days have filled me with excitement and even peace because I've found my education path. Now let's see how long it takes me to change my mind about my major after I've officially declared it.