Choosing Your Major: Where to Begin?

Choosing your major in college can be a difficult task.  It’s definitely not as easy as it may seem.  There are multiple things you need to take into consideration, along with what schools’ best programs are.  There are some simple tips you can take into consideration when brainstorming ideas.

  • Start With an Idea

What do you like to do?  Are you interested in a specific field?  Are you more science or writing based in your interests?  These are just a few questions you can ask yourself to help guide you with your decision.  Within your first year in college you have a little bit of wiggle room to explore your options.  I would suggest taking full advantage of this for the time being and take classes that you get credit for, but something you wouldn’t normally consider.  Take a chance and you might be surprised at what you find.

  • Find a Passion or Hobby

If there’s something specific you’ve grown up doing like playing multiple musical instruments or playing sports, this could possibly be a good start to what makes you happy.  You could major in a music related field or sports medicine; the possibilities are endless with just a little bit of research.  You may love being around animals and find that Marine Biology or becoming a Veterinarian sounds appealing to you.

My one piece of advice for this is that you look at what classes you have to take in order to complete your major.  I considered majoring in Marine Biology until I saw the number of Chemistry classes I would have to take.  Needless to say I changed my mind before I even walked out of my counselor’s office.

  • If All Else Fails…

Even considering all of my options, especially by going to a community college first to figure it out, I still had no idea what area I wanted to study.  I thought it would come easily to me, but I realized that this decision could possibly affect the rest of my life.  And then that idea gave me trepidation the more I thought about what I wanted to do.

I saw my counselor multiple times within a semester, possibly more times than necessary, but I wanted to make sure I was on the right track to graduate and transfer to a 4-year university.  She would always ask me what I was majoring in, and I would always sheepishly say no while bowing my head slightly.  I felt guilty not having a clear-cut road to follow.  So she suggested I take an online test that would show what my interests are based in and what majors would be right for me.

I had an idea going into it that I wanted to do something along the lines of editing, mostly by working for a book publishing company.   After taking the multiple assessment tests the very first thing it suggested for me was, in fact, editing.  And one of the top majors that go along with this is Communications.

  • Feel Confident in Your Decision

I chose this major, because it was broad and peaked my interests in the specific field I love to do.  Writing and editing isn’t just a passion of mine; it feels right to me, almost like breathing.  It’s a natural process that takes me to another world where I know this is what I’m meant to do.

This is what I would like you to take from this.  Choose something you feel is right to you.  This way you’ll always be happy with your decision.

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Kali White

Kali White

Kali White is a junior at the University of California, Davis pursuing a degree in Communications and a minor in Sociology. Her goal is to have a career working for a publication company writing and editing. In her free time she enjoys the outdoors, reading, playing and listening to music, and travelling.