I’m sort of freaking out because I thought I knew what I wanted my major to be, but after taking 1st Semester classes I’m having doubts about my decision. I have a few things in mind that might be possibilities but I don’t want to waste my parents’ money just wandering from major to major without committing to anything.
Picking a college major is not an easy decision. I’m a 23-year-old college graduate and I am still figuring out what I want to do with my life. Here are my notes about picking your college major:
This is easier said than done, but trust me, you are not alone. Granted, there are those people who have known exactly what they have wanted to do since birth. But for the majority of college freshmen, whether they admit it or not, have no idea what they want to be when they grow up, let alone their college majors.
College is a time for major transitions. Everything about your life, including your interests, are developing and changing. For this reason, it is important to take a variety of courses during your freshman and sophomore years. Take everything from Math to Communication. Once you’ve taken classes ranging from Humanities to Natural Sciences, sit back and think about which classes resonated with you.
What are those classes that you were eager to do the homework and attend? When you have taken enough of these classes and determined it to be the right fit for you, then declare a major.
When you find a string of classes that make your heart sing and decide to declare a major, I suggest that you look into possible careers that are applicable to your major. Once you’ve identified potential careers that fit your major, apply for internships. Interning will give you real-life experience and let you know if this major is for you.
Tip: Internships also provide experience which is vital to landing that job when you graduate.
Talk to everybody. No, really. Talk to your parents; talk to the senior in the major you’re considering; talk to people who are working in the career field that you’ve got your eye on. These people are crucial because they are in the trenches. They know what it’s like to be X major or Y professional. They know the good and the bad. Don’t be afraid to approach these people because they hold gold.
Also, talk to your adviser. This person knows the combination of classes you need to graduate on time as well as invaluable insight.
Taking a career test can help determine which major might be right for you. However, do not rely too heavily on these as experience (trial and error) is your best friend.
Don’t try to impress people with your major. Don’t pick computer engineering if you hate computers. If the only reason you’ve picked a major is because it sounds good or makes a lot of money…that’s the wrong degree from the jump.
On the same note, don’t pick a degree where you can’t find a job. It is important that your degree gives you tangible skills that make you marketable to employers or adds to your side hustle. Sometimes the major you pick isn’t worth the loans you take out. Be careful.