So You Came to School Without a Major, Now What?

1) Do your research. Once you get to school, try to get as much information as possible.  There are plenty of good people to ask- academic advisors, admissions advisors, professors, and fellow students. You could even use the internet, even if just to look up general information about your field of interest. The professors and students would give you there best information on the classes themselves, as well as a wealth of tips and tricks you can apply to the course.

2) Consider your options. This can depend on what you want to do, but also what’s available to you. What are your interests? What are you good at, academically and otherwise? What is your dream career? All of these things are important to take into consideration, especially if they don’t match up exactly.  Would you rather pursue something that you’re passionate about, or something that gets you a good job? These are important decisions, even though majors and jobs do not always line up, whatever you want to focus on, it will be the next four years, and it may be just as important to your career.

3) Take your gen eds as much as possible. Don’t focus on classes that might be fun, or might be what you want to do. Unless you’re feeling confident, keep in mind classes that will have credits that can be used no matter what.  Introductory classes to a field you may want t to go into are also helpful, especially if they are required in order to give you a more ‘well-rounded education.’ They are good to dabble in, although not a determining factor if you still have some interest.

4) Don’t wait too long.  Often times, there will be a “declare your major day” of sorts. It is later in your education, either end of freshman or beginning of sophmore year, and it is when you announce your decision.  Up until then, it is either informal, or not at all. While it is not your final choice, you can always change your major; you shouldn’t put it off too long. I had a friend who pushed her undecided major to the last minute, halfway through her sophomore year, and now is behind on credits.  If you want to stay on top of things, try to figure out what you want to do.

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Stefanie Hughes

Stefanie Hughes

Stefanie Hughes is a senior at Benedictine University, with a double major in Writing & Publishing and Theology. She spends her free time working on Benedictine’s newspaper, The Candor, as well as being a member of Daughters of Isabella, Students for Life, and helping around University Ministry. Any other extra time is filled with reading, writing, cooking, video editing, biking or walking around the lake.