Whether you’re an incoming freshman or a current student, choosing a major can be intimidating. Let’s face it. This is what you’ll be doing for the rest of your life; you obviously need to choose wisely. A select few know exactly what they want to be at the age of 5. And then you have others, like me, who don’t know until their sophomore year of college. I’m hoping you can learn from my experience and advice, and make the most of your major exploration journey.
The first, and most obvious, step in choosing a major is knowing what you’re good at. Do you love writing? Does the sight of math make you cringe? Do you live, breathe and eat sports? To make your life easier, consider majors where your strengths outweigh your weaknesses.
What helped me the most in choosing my major was taking exploratory classes. Take classes in subjects that you find interesting. This helps you assess what majors aren’t for you, and what majors are strong candidates.
I’ve learned the hard way to not fight your passion. If following your passion isn’t guaranteed to get you a Ferrari or a house in Calabasas, you should still follow it. If you want to be an artist, but don’t want “artist money”, go into advertising and design logos. If your gym teacher from middle school inspired you, but you have expensive taste, then be a physical therapist. Trust me when I say there is a job for everyone and everything, you just need to find it.
I chose to study public relations by complete coincidence. One day I decided that I couldn’t give up on writing. I needed a major that involved writing; nothing more, nothing less. Believe it or not, Google helped me decide my major. I did a quick google search and literally typed “careers that involve writing.” Within minutes, I discovered public relations and immediately fell in love. I’ve never been so certain about a major in my life and that’s because I followed my passion.
If you’re undecided or unhappy with your major, try using some of these methods. Figure out what your interests are. Don’t let money make or break your decision for a major. And most importantly follow your passion!
Also, don’t be afraid to do a quick google search. You’ll be surprised by what you find.
This blog post was written by Account Associate Shania Genwright.