Features

Torn Between Your Dream School vs. Dream Course? This Might Help You Decide

There's no right or wrong answer!
IMAGE pexels.com

Let’s be real, not everyone gets the chance to take up their dream course at their dream college. Maybe your dream school isn’t offering the course you want to pursue, maybe you got accepted for your dream degree at a different college, or maybe you got in your ideal school but with a different course. Regardless of the situation, it’ll leave you feeling torn AF.

When you can’t have the best of both worlds, you’ll have to make a crucial decision that will define the rest of your college years. Will you pursue your dream course or will you choose your dream school? Sa totoo lang, there’s no right or wrong answer! Your choice will depend on your situation, and once you make a decision, it’s up to you to make the most out of it.

If you’re too indecisive (we like to call it “thoroughly weighing the pros and the cons”), maybe hearing from other students’ experiences might help enlighten your own situation.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Maybe going with your dream school is ideal if...

The environment and college culture matters to you.

Every university has its own unique culture that you’ll get to immerse in for at least four years. Some students feel like they'd be more comfortable with a certain school's environment compared to others. Which is why it makes sense for some students to take the school environment into consideration when deciding. For @flyyhighgee, “[I’d choose my] dream school so I can be happy with the environment, which will help me appreciate the course.” The same goes with @joannaaajose, who answered, “Dream school. Choosing my environment is better.”

CONTINUE READING BELOW
Recommended Videos

You’re unsure of what you want or you’re more open to learning about new things.

Not everyone gets to figure out what they want to do right off the bat. If you’re unsure of what you want to do, your school and college environment can actually help you find your ~true calling~. Similarly, some people just learn to appreciate the course they’re in, even if it wasn’t what they wanted to pursue originally. You’ll never really know if a course is for you until you get to experience what it’s like to study it. This is the case for @sofiajahrling, who said she’d rather choose her dream school because, “You learn to love what you do.”

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Maybe going with your dream course is ideal if...

You’ve found something you enjoy doing.

For others, things just fall into their rightful places, just as how they’ve found a course or career path that they’re passionate about. “I will choose my dream course,” @bethanycatubig says. “The school doesn’t matter as long as you are doing what you love.”

After all, doing things you enjoy makes the tasks seem less overwhelming. The same goes for “College will be [more] bearable if you are studying for the subjects/classes that you like :),” says @_justleooo.

You're sure you know you'll be doing this for a long time.

If you're pretty certain that your course will lead you to an industry that you can see yourself in for years and years, then maybe it's better to devote your studies to it. “You don’t study something if you don’t envision yourself doing it for the long run," shares @theiacordero. "Your school may sound prestigious but it is just the same with other schools. In the end, it is all about how the student worked hard for the dreams they actually seek to explore."

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

The things you learn from your course are forever.

In four or five years, you'll graduate and leave your school behind. But everything you've learned from your dream course, you'll be bringing with you, whichever field or industry you choose to pursue after college. "Magtatapos ka sa school, pero ipagpapatuloy mo yung napili mong career,” says @joseyaaa. 

*Answers have been edited for clarity.

***

Candy Bulletin is finally here! If you're an aspiring writer, vlogger, artist, or kahit marami ka lang talagang time, submit your entries here and make your mark in the Candy community! Share your feels, show your skills. Don't worry—we won't judge. ;)

your REACTION
HEART

12

CUTE

0

OMG

0

YAY

0

/////////////////////////////
COMMENTS. JOIN THE DISCUSSION BELOW!
Comments
About the author
Mylene Mendoza
Candy Staff Writer
VIEW OTHER ARTICLES FROM Mylene

Create your content

Photo
Video
SoundCloud
Hi, you!
Title
Body Text
*1st 15 seconds will be uploaded
*File size limit (up to 60MB)
*File size limit (up to 60MB)
or
Upload Video
*For the direct video upload option, only the first 15 seconds of the video will be uploaded
*File size limit (up to 60MB)

By submitting your post, you agree to Candymag's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Thank you for submitting your post.
You will be notified via email once your entry has been approved by the Candy team.

Submitted posts will be subject to the approval of the Candy Team.

A few reminders:

  1. Candy Bulletin is an online platform where users can upload original work, personal passion projects, and other forms of self-expression, for the purpose of sharing with the community.
  2. You can upload photos of your curated OOTDs, 15-second videos, essays, poems, and more, as long as the submitted work is original, follows copyright laws, and free of any nudity, pornography, or profanity.
  3. You are encouraged to comment on one another's posts, as long as everyone remains respectful.
Submit Another Post View More Posts
latest on CandyMag.com
 
x
Share
Here are a few pegs to start you off.
 
x
Share
Plus other things to know about the PBB alum.
 
x
Share
Meet Gabby Banaag, an 18-year-old student and founder of a tech organization.
 
x
Share
Including the labor fee, landscape, and all the furniture inside.
 
x
Share
"I think I just want to show people na hindi ko na pinapalampas yung mga bagay na ganito," Julia shares.
 
x
Share
Celebs have decided to use their platforms to open up about their own mental health.
 
x
Share
Slough off dirt and even out your tone in two to three easy steps.
 
x
Share
Aside from the overall rankings, THE also provides rankings by subject.
LOAD MORE ARTICLES
your REACTION
Pick a sticker to view stories by reaction!
/////////////////////////////
CONNECT WITH US