We’ve all been there- scrolling through Facebook to see that one of our friends is at it again with the BuzzFeed quizzes. Oh, the things BuzzFeed can tell us- the latest quiz I’ve taken recently was called “Can We Guess Your Height?” I took the quiz and was told I was 5’2 or 5’3 when I am actually 5’10. Needless to say, BuzzFeed quizzes may be fun, but they aren’t exactly where we should go for life decisions like choosing our major or our future profession.
Deciding your college major and choosing what you want to be when you grow up can be incredibly stressful. Even when you feel sure that you know what you want to major in, there is always a small doubt that can creep up in the back of your mind that asks, “What if this isn’t what I’m meant to do with my life?” While, many things about choosing your major can make you anxious, such as, course load, future income and future work hours, we have a few tips to help you choose the major that is the right fit for you.
1. Don’t be afraid to be undecided.
Many people think going into college as an undecided major will set them back and make them graduate late. However, starting college as an undecided major can be a great way to get a feel for what you’re interested in. You WILL learn a lot about yourself your freshman year of college and that makes it a great time to get some general education courses out of the way, take various electives and get involved in different student organizations. Taking electives in different departments and joining clubs is one of the biggest ways you will find what you are passionate
As long as you work with your advisor to take the right courses, you can make sure to stay on track with classes in order to graduate in the normal four years most students are expecting to. If you can choose your major during your second semester sophomore year, while completing your gen eds, you can still consider yourself on track.
2. Don’t think your major completely defines your career path.
Almost every major has a long list of career options that you can choose from. With that said, don’t think that just because you major in business means you will be owning a local business or just because you major in Psychology you will be a psychiatrist. Even with specific majors, such as nursing, you will have specialty options as you step into the work force. Take a look at the majors your school offers and pick a few that you are interested in. From there, you can look into what skills you will be gaining from these majors and how you can personally apply them in different careers you will enjoy.
3. Don’t think too far into salary, years of schooling and course load.
Many times since I have been in college, I have heard about students dropping their Psychology major because they don’t want to spend years in school or not going after their dream of being a doctor because of all of the Science courses. While these factors are important, they won’t matter as much when you find the major and profession that you are excited and passionate about. If you find yourself doubting anything about your major, then you probably aren’t passionate about it.
When you are reading through majors offered at your school of choice or thinking about various professions you may be interested in, think about the actual work you will be doing and the end reward. Are these things that will make you satisfied with your everyday life? If not, then it is not the one for you. When you find the major and profession that you can be passionate and proud of, go for it.