The Secret to Picking the Right Major

You are accepted into the college of your dreams after all the preparation, test taking, studying and decision making it took to get there.  Now orientation is looming and you are frantically researching majors trying to decide what you want to do with the rest of your life.

Does this sound like you?

If so, take a deep breath and stop worrying.  Choosing a major is a really important decision to make and it should not be taken lightly.  While it is a decision that will need to be made relatively soon, there is no reason to rush into it.  You need to put a lot of time and thought into choosing a major if you are not one of those people that just knows what it is you want to do.

The first thing to remember is that you are not alone.  Many people begin college undecided on what they will be studying.  When I started college, I had no idea what I wanted to spend the rest of my life doing.  I didn’t like math, wasn’t good at science, and didn’t think that I would make any money as a journalist.  I started taking all of my general education classes hoping that would help narrow it down for me.  When I was almost done with those, I still didn’t have a clue what I should do.  My mom suggested that I do something in the health care field so I started studying health care administration.  After one semester, I realized that it definitely wasn’t for me.

I spent a lot of time after that talking to people about their majors, researching options and talking to career counselors.  I am graduating one semester later than I had originally planned but I am going to do what I love to do and what I am passionate about.

Choosing a major is a difficult and important decision.  There are two crucial things to remember when it comes time to make that decision.

Get a lot of advice and feedback from a lot of people but ultimately keep the decision your own

Asking peers about their choices is a good way to get honest information about certain majors.  Ask them what they want to do with the major they are getting and what kinds of things their job will entail.  Also talk to career counselors.  They can give you advice and help you choose based on your interests.  Just talking to people about your interests and what you’re good at may help you narrow down your options.    

It is okay to decide you don’t like it after starting it.  You want to choose one that you love.

Many people feel stuck once they choose a major.  After paying for classes, even if they absolutely hate the classes, many people still decide they should just stick with it.  While this may save money and time, it will make you unhappy in the long run because you will be taking classes that you do not like and end up with a career that you probably do not like.

Remember, choosing a major is a huge decision but that doesn’t mean you need to lose sleep over it.  By researching, trying out different things and talking with older classmates, you will figure out the right major!

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Laura Szatkowski

Laura Szatkowski

Laura Szatkowski is a senior at Central Michigan University studying public relations and English. Laura enjoys being busy, juggling work and school, and has plans to one day spend her time traveling abroad. When not busy, Laura, the middle child of three girls, enjoys shopping and spending time with her friends and family.
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