Hey guys, I'd like to reach out and ask you guys your opinion on something I've been struggling with for over a year.
During my senior year in high school I planned on graduating and then studying a science related major (biology, pre-med, exercise science, etc.) in college. I enjoy helping people and I felt like my interests in athletics and exercise would tie in well to a career in physical therapy, sports medicine, or a trainer. However, all throughout high school I've had people tell me I should look into graphic design or a career using my artistic abilities (kusiiion.deviantart.com or evobaclothing.com). I kind of blow this advice off because I wanted to have a steady job with high security and decent pay. At the time, I felt that a career in design or art would be foolish in these tough economic times.
I'm about ready to wrap about my first year at a community college in a small town in the Pacific NW. It's a nice town, but I need to get out and go to a large city. I plan on transferring to a four-year school and I'm still working on my science transfer degree. Here's the tough part. Over the last the few months, I've come to not enjoy physics and other science classes at all. I feel like i'm sort of out of place. I see my partners enjoying the lessons and they are usually enthusiastic and excited to learn more about physics and such. I don't feel that. I don't get that spark in my eye when I'm taking notes in class or doing a lab. I just want to get it done and finish the class so I can get closer to my degree. In my art classes, it's completely different. I'm the kid who loves to be there. I'm the kid who is enthusiastic and excited to learn more. I think this is saying something about what I should do for a career. I don't want to go into a job because I need money and security. I need to go into a career because I have a passion for it.
It's obvious I need to transfer, but I'm not sure if I should finished my 2-year program or not. It looks a lot better on a resume to have a completed A.S. (2-year) degree, but this will be one more year that I will be stuck in my small hometown going to a school that doesn't excite me or motivate me. Another catch is that I play on the college baseball team. It's a lot of fun and we're having a great season and I really like being a part of the team. Next year, I'll be a significant contributor to the team so that's another thing I have to keep in the equation...
I need to transfer to a good university or college with a good graphic design and/or art program. Not only do I need a good school, I need a good CITY to live in. I want to go to a place where I can learn and get exposure. It doesn't have to be New York City, but it needs to be a place where my talents and interests can be cultivated and recognized. I'd like to live in a city with a population of over 300,000 or so.
What do you guys think? I need help finding a good school/city for me to go to.
Any advice or feedback would be greatly appreciated.