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Well, it finally happened. After 6 years of swearing to become an artist, come hell or high water, I don't know if I want to do art anymore. I should have seen this one coming. I want to do it, I just don't know if I want it as a career.
Sometime over the summer, I discovered that I am capable of forming meaningful long term friendships, broke out of my shell to some degree.
My primary concern has become my financial stability after college. Obviously, art offers less certainity than almost any other major. At one point I was aiming for architecture, as it satisfies a primal fascination with monuments - not even close to realistic now, especially considering Davis doesn't offer it. I have been looking at the landscape architecture major, just because I am interested in the environment and urban design and art, and it seems like a rewarding field.
Some details - I'm 18 years old, freshman at UC Davis, applied as an Art Studio major and have been looking at double majoring in linguistics. I also feel that, after being wholly repressed and depressed as well as in denial for almost the entirety of high school, I am now being slammed with realization after realization about the actual state of my life. On one hand, better late than never. On the other, I don't want to continue like this. I know I could get a minimum wage job - hell, even pick up a decent trade fairly easily - and keep myself surviving for as long as necessary. I've spent a long time thinking about the bare essentials of survival and figuring out how to meet them - but that's no longer enough for me, I think. It has become my sincere desire to build a life that will allow me to support myself and those I care about.
So I turn to you, internet. Any words of advice on landscape architecture, the viability of art financially, and changing majors across disciplines would be deeply appreciated.