High school graduates are coming from a mindset where they have focused on the steps they have to take to get into college and worry about what career path they will choose after. Fortunately, colleges have support and resources to help undecided students reach a decision, usually within a two year time frame. This means that as a college student you have the opportunity to delve into different interests before settling down on one for the rest of your college career.
I was one of those students that picked out a major before college based off of a google search. When it came down to taking classes in that field, I felt like it wasn’t for me and found myself lost and overwhelmed with choices. As well as the pressure to stay on track. Below are some tips I wish I would have known before my freshman year.
- Start by getting your requirements out of the way. Not only will this help you get your credits cleared early on, but the majority of colleges encourage an interdisciplinary course load. This means they like for their students to be versed in many subjects and therefore give their students leeway to test their interests. Use this to your advantage.
- Don’t be afraid to change your major. Sometimes our expectations may be set too high or we are mislead in terms of what a major consists of. If you find yourself feeling unsure about a major, take that gut feeling seriously. Pursue your passion, not what seems appealing at the time, don’t focus on the pressure; there’s no shame in changing your mind.
- Be proactive. When choosing classes before the semester starts, go online; find reviews on classes others have taken that have made an impact on them. Research professors, ninetynine percent of the time they are the ones who make a class worthwhile. If you’re unsure about a major, talk to an upperclassman pursuing that major and inform yourself. Make an appointment with the major advisor. Make sure you aren’t putting these things off until it’s too late.
- And finally, at the end of the day, your major can be versatile. There are many people who end up in different career fields than what their major prepared them for. There is always an opportunity out there if you are willing to put in the work.
-- Celeste Diaz