4 Truths Every Student Must Know About Picking A Major

I’ve been asked what is the easiest major?

I’ve been asked what is the best major?

There’s a universal answer when it comes to questions like these: It’s your choice.

There are no majors out there that are entitled to be “the best” or “the easiest.” To be honest nothing is easy in college, no matter what major you’ve chosen.

Whether it’s business, art, pharmacy, nursing, English, or my preference of journalism, there is nothing out there where you can simply skate by through your four years.

Whatever major you decide to pursue, it takes hard work and dedication to fulfill what you truly want. Below are 4 things I learned as I was going through the college major selection process:

1. It’s okay to change majors

The best advice I can give an incoming freshman is something that I didn’t have the luxury of being told: Don’t be afraid of changing your major.

Don’t feel completely tied down with what you have chosen your first semester in college. Because, most likely, it will change once or even a couple times.

As a freshman, I decided that business was the perfect choice for me. But why? I wasn’t the biggest fan of math and being stuck in an office all day for the rest of my life didn’t seem appealing.

For my first two and half years of college I forced myself to sit through classes I had no interest in. I struggled with homework, quizzes, and exams.

College is difficult, but not enjoying it and taking something from it is a waste of money. I thought I was a lost cause because I was already well into my sophomore year and I truly hated what I was doing.

2. Focus on your interests and passions

I went to my academic advisor confessing how much I despised what I was doing. I told her it wasn’t for me and my grades proved it.

She asked me what I enjoyed to do. This was a trick question for me because I felt like I didn’t have any passion at all that I could take on as a major and eventually into a career. But, beside all the business classes I took in high school – thinking that I was going to pursue that for the rest of my life— I took creative writing and art classes for pleasure.

My advisor asked me why don’t I go to the art department or English, or the School of Journalism. I didn’t have a logical reason why I wouldn’t attempt those, so I did. I had a semester of trialed majors. I was told by doing this I wouldn’t graduate on time but this was important to realize what I enjoyed.

Remember: this is what you will do for the rest of your life. Why not love it?

I loved art but I was too fast paced and impatient. But my passion for writing expanded to a new level and it showed in my journalism and English classes.

3. When you enjoy what you do, it’s never too much work

From then on I took summer classes and a heavy load of semester hours. The strenuous studying and writing didn’t matter because I enjoyed doing it. I ended up proved everyone wrong because I, indeed, am graduating on time.

Don’t be scared. You might start off with one major but result in hating it. This is okay. College is truly a time where you find out who you are and develop into the person you will become.

It sounds cheesy but it is 100 percent true. So find out what you love and want to do for the rest of your life. Being a business major wasn’t for me, but it doesn’t mean it isn’t someone else’s forte.

4. Never choose your college major based on money

And please don’t decide majors based on money, which I sort of think that’s what I did originally. If you work hard enough and strive for the best of what you want to become, it will all work out.

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Gina Stolzman

Gina Stolzman

Gina Stolzman is a senior at University of Iowa pursuing degrees in Journalism and English. Having a passion for food, she loves cooking and visiting restaurants. Besides cooking, you’ll find her reading, catching up on TV shows, or hanging out with friends and family. She is an enthusiastic Chicago fan. She devotes herself to “da” Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls and White Sox.

4 Responses to “4 Truths Every Student Must Know About Picking A Major”

  • Cayla Gorsh

    Cayla Gorsh on March 16, 2013

    I definitely agree with all 4 things listed. So far having gone to school at a community college and then transferring to a University I have had my options on what to go to school for and have changed my mind a few times on my majors. I knew for sure Journalism would be my major but then I was interested in more besides journalism. I also wanted to major in art and then decided to take that major off and just do a minor in English as well. You always got to follow your heart on what you want to go for.
    Enjoying what you are going to school for is the right thing to do and paying all that money for college, you might as well pick what you love and have the money be worth it!

  • Abby Thomas

    Abby Thomas on March 16, 2013

    This is awesome advice for picking a major! I went into college as a Journalism and Theatre major but before long I realized Theatre was more of a hobby than a career path for me.
    Everything is definitely hard work but you are correct in saying that if you are doing something you love, it won’t matter all that much.

  • Kassi Luja on March 16, 2013

    Great advice! I grew up having family members tell me to be a lawyer or some sort of a career where I would have a large salary in the future. Luckily I had a mom support me no matter which career path I decided to follow. I found my passion for journalism somewhere between junior high and high school and it continues to grow. I think many students take the money aspect into consideration when choosing a career, but that should be the least of their worries. Finding a career you’re passionate about should be the first priority. Doing something you enjoy will never make it feel like it’s work.

  • Kait Freeberg

    Kait Freeberg on March 18, 2013

    This headline was very magnetic! Great job there. I also think your second piece of advice is important. By focusing on your interests and passions, you know you will always be happy with the career path you choose. Nice work!

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