I frequently talk with prospective students and their parents who are weighing the decision to enroll in an undergraduate Equine-related degree program. I’m a big supporter of college students studying something that really matters to them, and any time I have the chance to talk with young people about the decision they have ahead of them in choosing a course of study, I’m going to take it. So often, these young people are wrestling with whether they should pursue their passionate interest or perhaps declare something more “legitimate and responsible” that will feed them into normal career paths.
If the student really wants to have that normal job and prefers the security of a well-worn track, I am 100 percent in support of them pursuing that. However, many of the prospective students I speak with are wrestling with the decision for the opposite reason: they really don’t feel like they need the structure and predictability of a normal job or career path, but they are afraid that it’s irresponsible for them to choose something else based mostly on the passionate interest that gets them out of bed every day.