Lesson Learned: It’s Okay to Change Your Major

30 Jul

The time has come yet again, where college freshmen dream of the future (parties, no parents, no curfew ..GASP!). They quickly learn 8 ams are a bad choice, Friday classes are optional, and that boy across the hall that said they were “special” lied. Eventually, the day comes when the freshmen decide to choose a major. This post is here solely to support their future indecisiveness, career confusion, and anxiety. LET IT BE’s okay to change your major.

I should know, because I’ve been there…twice. It’s fine.

1.) Pre-med major. That was until I figured out that a.) I wouldn’t look good in scrubs. b.) McDreamy & McSteamy don’t exist in real life, and I am obviously no Katherine Heigl. c.) I remembered that I hate chemistry and nearly failed it.

Fast forward to…

2.) Pre-law. Because if medicine isn’t right for you law certainly is. I joined pre-law society, and even won a free LSAT prep course. Call me Elle Woods. This was all peaches and cream until I took my first class related to law and hated every minute of it. I realized that I liked the idea of law but not what it necessarily entailed.

At this time, my little brain was trying really hard to figure out what I should major in. Lightbulb…

3.) Professional Writing. This may seem like a much less practical degree and that’s because it is. It’s hard to make it in writing because success/failure depends entirely on your audience. The way I look at it is, even if I am not successful I can’t say that I didn’t try.

In conclusion…

Tips on Choosing Your Major 

  • Make sure you take general classes first. That way if you decide to go in a different direction you haven’t wasted time/money.
  • Don’t pick a major just because your parents think it would be a good fit for you. Make sure YOU think it will be a good fit.
  • Become involved in clubs and activities that center around the major you are looking into.
  • Be excited about whatever you choose. This sounds easy but it took me two years to realize that I should suck it up and write because that is the only thing that truly made me happy.
  • Pick something that you are good at. Sure… you have always wanted to be a dancer, but just because mom said you were great doesn’t mean the rest of the world thinks so.
  • Lastly, screw it. Even if your major epiphany happens 3 years into college, roll with it. In the long run you will be happier because a.) you will graduate with a degree you love and b.) you will have a couple extra years of being irresponsible and drinking beer for breakfast.
Did you change your major? How many times??

2 Responses to “Lesson Learned: It’s Okay to Change Your Major”

  1. Allie {A Teaspoon of LIFE} August 3, 2011 at 11:39 am #

    ..”that boy across the hall lied”…. LOL I love it.
    This is a good post. I think the biggest one is college is dedicated to make your CONCENTRATION classes totally shit-tastic. So if you think you like the subject now, they will make you HATE it by the time graduation day comes.
    But real life tends to have almost nothing to do with what you learned and it’s nothing to stress over. Most of us that just graduated in May and last May have jobs that are completely- to semi- unrelated to the classes we took. NBD. Lol. Just a wasted 40k….


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