Picking a major depicts your future career goals. In order to succeed in the major and pursuing a career, there are guidelines you need to follow and classes you need to take to complete the major successfully. In order to also complete the classes in a successful manner, it is an option to go see a counselor—they are very helpful. They help you choose the appropriate classes and they will also help you avoid taking the wrong classes. Your major is what helps you find what you love to do. You may think that you have a passion for a certain major, but taking classes in college helps you find what is suitable for you. College is a place to find yourself and what major is right for you. It’s about discovering where your major and career will lead you in life.
Greetings students! Being a college student is a lot more complex than most would think. You learn a lot about yourself as a person and as a student. Some of the best advice I can give you as you pursue college is to explore your talents! Get involved in things that interest you or explore new things you aren’t familiar with. You may think you know exactly what you want to do with your life now, but things can and do change. I myself was a Criminology, Law & Society major in college and ended up pursuing my Master’s degree in Counseling focusing on Student Development in Higher Education. My experiences before, during, and after college all played a role in me changing career directions. One thing I am most proud of is that I let myself evolve and accepted my true passion—education. There is a saying “if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” This holds true for me and probably will for most of you. Use your natural skills and talents to do something you are passionate about and you will be fulfilled in your educational, career, and personal lives too!
First of all come to college with an open mind. This is a time in your life when you will be exposed to all sorts of new things. Take time to absorb them. You shouldn’t waste time, because after all college is expensive but I recommend taking classes that interest you. And when you find something you love, run with it. You’ll be happier if you do. Just take your time and don’t feel pressured to know exactly what you want to do both in college and after. After all, we’re young and we have the rest of our lives to figure that out.
As a high school senior I was very interested in government and my favorite class was U.S. Government. Therefore, when I applied to colleges during my senior year I knew I wanted to apply as a Political Science major. My advice would be to pursue a major in something you’re passionate about or to apply undeclared in order to discover what your interests are during your first two years of college since you typically don’t have to declare a major until your junior or third year of college.
Choosing a major is not an easy task and it’s hard to decide on one when you are a freshman. I changed my major and added a double major my junior year. If you are undecided about your future career, the best advice I can give is to choose a more general major that can apply across many different fields of work. For example, business and English are good general majors because they can be useful for many types of jobs. I was a double major in English and journalism but knew I wanted to start a career in public relations after I graduated. My emphasis in journalism was public relations, which fit perfectly into my future public relations career. However, many majors may not be as specific. If your major does fall in line with your career aspirations, I suggest taking complete advantage of it and getting involved every way possible. I did and it has paid off!
When I decided to go college I thought I knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I came into my freshman year as a Pre-nursing major and after two years of working towards my prerequisites and finishing up a year and three month internship- I realized that a Pre-nursing major was not exactly the right fit for me. During those two years, I took a public speaking class. Although public speaking was one of my biggest fears I took on the challenge and after many hours of practicing and stepping out of my comfort zone, I achieved success and conquered public speaking with an “A” as well as experience I could take away. That class helped me get a position on campus as an orientation leader by providing me with good speaking skills as well as boosting my confidence. That was the first place someone asked me, “Have you ever thought about becoming a Communication major?” The answer was no, that major had never crossed my mind before.
After taking a few more Communication classes I realized I fell in love with a subject. My studies were not just about public speaking but also non-verbal communication, mediation, persuasion and argumentation, cultural conversations and how we impact our world. I was able to take what I learned in the classroom and apply it to the positions I was getting on-campus working in Student Affairs. I absolutely loved what I did, whether it was working for Orientation, clubs and organizations in the SEAL Center, or working for Housing. I decided to join a group that talked about going into a career in Student Affairs. I have now chosen my field and will be applying to graduate schools out of state in the next couple of months. I am still working on deciding what program in Student Affairs I will go into, but as for now I could not be more happier with where my career path is taking me.
If you were to ask any student in college why they decided to pursue their degree, most of them would tell you “to get a good job/career.” That being said, it is important for students to choose a major that is aligned with their career aspirations. For example, if you want to become a lawyer you could major in political science or even English. If you want to work in the medical field to become a doctor or a nurse, you could major in Biology, nursing or some other science/health care major.
Now, for students who are unsure what career direction they are headed in, you can always major in broader area of study that can be applied to many jobs/careers (for example sociology, psychology, or communications). Whatever your career goals are, always make sure your college(s) of interest have the majors you want. Anyone who is undecided about it all can be undeclared and take different classes to explore what major they want to pursue. The opportunities are endless!