How to Decide on a Major

The number one question you will be asked while in college is What’s your major? You will hear it over and over again no matter what year you are. If you’re one of those people that are still undecided, I have a few tips for you.

First, what are you passionate about? Are you interested in art, food, solving problems, serving others, sports, writing, working with numbers or using your hands? If you feel like you don’t have a passion, you just haven’t found something yet! This is why it’s so important to get involved and meet new people. You never know what new experience is holding your life purpose, so you have to really get yourself out there and be daring. Don’t do things that you’re used to whether you know what your major is or not. Many people change. I did and I was a junior in college when I did it and I’m okay with that. If you change your major late in college it may not mean not graduating on time. In my case, changing my major means I have to take more credits during the semester and during the summer just to complete my degree on time. However, many people do not finish their degree in four years and that’s perfectly okay. It’s all about what your needs are and although it is expensive to stay in school longer, researching scholarships is always a good idea and you have more time to gain internships and enjoy being a student before you enter the real world. You should really think about majoring in something you’re truly passionate about. It’ll make school a lot less painful. However, you should write down some goals for yourself and what you want out of a career.

Second, writing in a journal is really helpful. When I was in high school, I was fortunate to go to a lot of workshops and summer college camps. We took some personality tests and inventory on what was important to us. Do you want a job that allows for a flexible schedule? What about something that may be providing service to others, or something that doesn’t require a lot of schooling? Maybe you just want a job that makes a lot of money! Regardless, you need to sit down and write what’s important to you. I’m a firm believer in writing down things. I think it makes goals seem more attainable especially when you are able to visibly cross them off the list. For me, I want to make money! I also wanted something that was stable (which is why I went into Speech Pathology). It seemed fitting for me. I knew I could get a job in it, but I was required to go to grad school and I was really stressed about it because who wants to go to more school for something you’re not really interested in? I love Speech Pathology (parts of it) but it just wasn’t a fit for me. My love for language, the community, and working with others was something that interested me in Speech Pathology, but the non-profit art sector is much more what I’m into. It may not be as steady or as guaranteed as Speech Pathology (nothing is ever really guarenteed or as easy as I make it sound), but I truly love it and I’m fortunate to have an internship during Winter break to really get involved.

Third, I suggest you take a personality test. It’s really interesting and it’ll help you identify some strengths and weaknesses and some possible careers for your type. I took the Briggs Myers’ typology test on a website I found online and here is a free test from the human metrics site. It’s really easy and it only takes a couple minutes. It’s 60 questions. Once you get your typology, you can find more information online on other sites like the personality page and truity. My type is INFP by the way!

My Fourth advice would be to talk to your adviser and other teachers. Really network with your professors. If you enjoy a class, be sure to let the professor know you’re interested in learning more and maybe they can help you gain more insight, or you can help them with a research project. Don’t ever feel like you’re bugging people for asking so many questions. Ask questions! That’s what teachers are there for.

Take Away:

1. Write down your interests and what you’re passionate about. If you aren’t sure, dedicate some time to trying some new things and getting involved in some organizations.
2. Decided the top three things that important to you in a career. It’s really important to try to narrow it down, because you may not be able to get everything you want from the start. Everything will be hard work regardless of what you decide to do.
3. Take some personality tests and keep a journal of what you’re learning about yourself.
4. Ask questions! Talk to your professors and anyone that may be able to help you.

Share with me some of the things you learned through your journey! I’m curious to know what your personality types are and if the test seems to be correct. Mine was pretty accurate! As always leave a comment and follow my blog if you would like more tips on college and my experiences. Remember to love yourself everyday. Try something new today. Find your truth and live in it everyday.


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