I have two granddaughters who started college last year and are now beginning the second semester of their sophomore term. One has changed her major twice, the other has changed her major three times. Both are very bright and both are doing quite well academically. So what is their problem?
The fact is that they don’t have a problem. While some students enter college with a clear career path that they may have envisioned since childhood, most are not exactly sure what they want to do. And since they have not really had a chance to fully explore and experience any specific avenue, it is unrealistic and unfair to expect that they should make a final choice and totally commit to it at this point. Consequently, the first couple of years of college give them the opportunity to sample and evaluate a variety of options so they can discover their true passion and proficiency.
Therefore, I find it incredible that some children are required to make a firm commitment as early as the preschool years. What’s it going to be? Gymnastics? Music? Art? Science? Make a decision! And stick with it! And too bad if it is not precisely what you thought it would be or if your inclinations change in a few months.
That is another reason why I so heartily recommend Romp n’ Roll. While the little ones are pursuing their passions and developing their proficiency, they are never deprived of options. And as they explore and experience any one of those options at the moment, they are free to go wherever their hearts and minds may take them in the future.
Michael K. Meyerhoff, Ed.D. (a.k.a. “Dr. Mike”) is a member of the management team at Romp n’ Roll. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Columbia University, he earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in human development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he also held a position as a researcher with the Harvard Preschool Project. He may be contacted via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.