There are people who know exactly what they want to major in before they even graduate from high school, and that’s awesome! Although, there are some people who have no idea what they want to eat for dinner. For these individuals, choosing a major can be a tough decision! It’s what you’ll be doing for the rest of your life. There’s so much pressure.
If you are a little lost, it’s okay. First things first: stop stressing about choosing a major while you are still in basic courses that everyone is required to take. It’s important to learn to how walk before you can run. If you are not considering a specialized profession, there is no rush when it comes to picking a major. That is what Biology 101, English 101, History 101, and many more required classes are for. They will teach you what you like, dislike, love, and hate.
It is okay to tell people you are undecided
Throughout your two years of required basics, you will be asked about a million times, “What are you studying,” followed with, “You don’t know yet?” This is okay. According to The Mentor at Penn State, an estimated 20 to 50 percent of students enter college as “undecided” and an estimated 75 percent of students change their major at least once before graduation. This means, take your time when it comes to choosing a major.
Don’t choose a major just because that is the most popular
It is becoming a trend to major in certain career fields because people don’t do research on particular majors. They basically choose to do something based on what their friends are doing. It is really intimidating when you come into college as a freshman and everyone is either going to school to be a nurse, teacher, accountant or any of the other most popular career paths. What people do not tell you is that you should choose your own path. Don’t choose a major just because that is what everyone else is doing or for the money. You need to choose what you are interested in, and if you do not know that yet, like stated above, that is okay!
Majors are changeable but not recommended
Majors are not set in stone. Some people tend to forget that they can change majors, basically, whenever they want. With that being said, changing majors frequently does not reflect well on you. That is why it is best to wait it out and choose a major that truly reflects you and what you want to do in your future career. Really dive into those basic courses and get a feel for who you are and if you already know who you are, that’s great!
You have four years to graduate college and two of them are spent taking basic courses so just do you.