Maybe you came into college thinking you had it all figured out. Maybe you came in hoping that you would figure it all out. Maybe the idea of choosing a major is so terrifying that you’d rather hide in your dorm and pretend you’re still in elementary school (that wasn’t that long ago, right?). This week, I changed my major from international studies to social work. There were several factors that went into that decision, but I just wanted to encourage all those who are unsure of how to choose a major and offer some advice.
First of all, know that it’s completely normal to not have everything figured out. That’s awesome if you do, but if you’re like most of us, don’t worry! The fact that you are concerned about what to study shows that you care about your future and your career, which means that after some digging and some careful thought, you’ll find what’s right for you. You may feel like you’ve wasted your time taking courses that won’t be relevant anymore if you change your major, but the truth is those courses helped you to find out what areas of study weren’t right for you, which in turn helps you to find the major that
Secondly, don’t be afraid to talk to academic advisors. They aren’t just there for scheduling; they can help you discover more about yourself and what career path you’re suited for. Don’t be afraid to ask them questions, especially questions about that kinds of jobs that students get with particular majors. Most advisors will be more than happy to talk with you and help you figure things out.
And finally, don’t feel rushed to make a decision. Take time to talk to students in the major you’re considering, research what kind of career options you would have with that major, and think it through. It’s your life, so decide what you want to make of it.