Deciding On A Major

I was strong into my sophomore year of college taking class after class of film history, editing, production and sound design.

I went into college with a clear decision to major in film. In my mind, there were no other options.

However, I began to feel as if I didn’t completely fit in. I actually began experiencing that feeling in the middle of my freshman year, but I chose to ignore it.

During the summer before my junior year, I decided to be honest with myself. I realized that I was not on the right path. My love of movies was still the same, but the industry just wasn’t for me. I’m still not sure why it took me so long to just be honest and look toward something else, but I’m glad I finally did.

I decided to look into the English program and discovered my school offered a Creative Writing concentration. Growing up, I loved to tell stories, English and Creative Writing were my favorite subjects in school, and I even went to Creative Writing camp over the summer after high school. It seemed like an obvious transition for me.

And I was right! I’m currently nearing graduation, and loving the choices I made. Deciding on a major can be a scary thing, but there’s so many positive aspects to it!

Always remember that changing your major…

Can Help You Discover What You’re Truly Passionate About

I always thought I was passionate about making films, when the whole time I was really just passionate about telling stories. In college, it’s important that you follow your passion and interests.

If your major isn’t working for you, don’t feel bad looking into other ones. You may realize new and exciting things about yourself and your desired career through the transition process. I went into English very unsure about myself, but I soon discovered what I truly loved by switching and deciding on a major in English.

Can Open You Up to a Whole New World

College is about exploration and self discovery. Changing your major, especially later in your career, can make you feel out of place. I’ll admit that I was terrified at first. The thought of changing campuses, professors, types of classes and meeting a whole new group of people horrified me. I wasn’t ready to accept it for quite a while.

However, making the change was the best decision I ever made. I found that English offered classes and assignments that truly interested me, and I felt I could relate so much better to my fellow students. Diving into a new world takes courage, but it’s important to take the plunge if it feels right to you.

Can Give You the Possibility of a Minor

One thing I loved about deciding on a new major was that I ended up with a minor in film! When I first changed my major, I felt that my first two years in film classes was a total waste.

After talking to my advisor, I discovered that I had all the requirements to declare a minor. I felt that much more accomplished when beginning my Junior year as an English student.

Another thing that really scared me when I changed my major was the wonder if I would graduate when I originally planned. I wasn’t sure what changing my major would entail.

However, when all was said and done I ended up being just a couple classes behind, and I am happy to say that I will graduate in the same year! When deciding on a major, remember…

  • Do your research.
  • See an advisor.
  • Formulate a new plan.
  • Really think about your decision and make sure it’s the right choice for you.

Changing your major can be a nerve wracking experience, but the positives are well worth it if the change is right for you!

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Molly Stallman

Molly Stallman

Molly Stallman is a senior at DePaul University working toward an English degree with an emphasis on Creative Writing. She also has a minor in Digital Cinema. Molly especially enjoys spending time with loved ones, listening to music, watching movies/television and playing with her dogs. She also has a passion for antiques, crafts, animals, photography and the great outdoors.