As much as I want to believe that my college major does not matter, I find hard to. Although I did decide to pursue a major I love -- Latin American Studies -- I have had doubts about my future. What if I do not have a job after graduation? What if I don’t find what I truly want to pursue? I have learned that being in top-tier college allows me to receive a well-rounded education, where I can gain the skills necessary for any job or graduate program. President Kathy says, “colleges prepare students with the hard and soft skills to succeed in myriad careers, both after college and beyond. One of the greatest transformations I see as a college president is that of the students who come to college planning to pursue a particular profession and, when exposed to a world of alternatives, embark on careers they never imagined.” I know for sure that I am one of those students who went into school with a plan, but once here, completely changed their mind. I went into Smith believing that I would major in Economics and then go to law school for Corporate Law. I realized that Economics was not the correct major for me. The I thought I would give Government a chance. Because I loved my Spanish classes, I decided I would be a Gov and Spanish double major. Again, I realized I was not the biggest fan of every government course, but only of those related to Latin America. This helped me discover that Latin American Studies was the correct major for me. For the career, an interview with a Wall Street bank made me realize that Wall Street was not for me.
Now, I have no idea what exactly I want to do career-wise. But, at least I know what major I enjoy. Reading the article helped me realize, once again, that I could major in whatever I loved because I would gain the skills I need either way.