This, to me, is complete lunacy. If you’re a graduate aiming for a campus, make sure you know what you want. Otherwise, you cannot enter a university — no matter how prestigious or famous — and walk out a successful man or woman. Don’t let anything affect what you pick — take what you want to be.
Last year, I actually met an IT student from the so-called best university in Indonesia, who did not understand the concept of regular expressions. In disbelief, I asked, “so why did you decide to be an IT student?” His reply — forever a reminder that we’re lucky to be in a field fueled by passion — “because my parents told me IT pays well nowadays.”
As one of my mentors (I truly wish I remember who said this) told me a while back:
A student in college without a dream is like a kid with a wad of cash in a toy shop: he’ll wander around, look for the shiniest and most expensive toy, take it home, and give up trying to assemble it in a few hours.
Know what you want to be, and be it. Don’t follow anyone else.