How to Choose a Major (AHHHHH!)

How to Choose a Major (AHHHHH!)

Almost every college student gets stressed out about it at one point or another.

Choosing a major can be really, really hard. I changed mine about three times before I finally figured out what I wanted to do. There’s a lot of pressure to know exactly what path you want to take, and really no way of knowing if it’s right until you take some classes.

In this post, I’ll talk about tips on how to choose a major and I’ll share a little about how I chose mine.

TIPS:

  1. Don’t pigeonhole yourself: This might be my most important advice. Don’t limit yourself by forcing yourself into one thing. You might start your major and want to change, and that’s okay. Keep an open mind!
  2. Take a variety of classes: Your first semester, go in undecided and take classes that sound interesting to you. You might discover something you love or something you thought you’d love but you actually hate. All of this is valuable to know. See if you can knock out some required credits while you’re at it.
  3. Seek out mentors: Another big tip: ask people who are in your field as many questions as possible. Ask what majors are most helpful, what their day to day looks like, and their general advice for someone in college. It really helps.
  4. Don’t be afraid of change: Like I said before, there’s no shame in changing your major. If you know deep down you really want to switch, do it as soon as you can so you don’t waste precious time!
  5. If you can, do something you love: I know that some people choose to follow their passion and others pursue degrees that lead to stable careers. However, doing something you enjoy and are good at makes the college workload so much easier.

HOW I CHOSE ART HISTORY:

This is quite the story, and I wrote another post on it. I settled on art history basically by following all the steps I mentioned above. I listened to what my heart was telling me, and I know it’s right because I couldn’t imagine doing something else. I know if I majored in something different, I would just be jealous of art history majors. I sit in the front row of my classes and participate in discussions. I’m engaged the entire time. This isn’t always the case with classes I’m required to take; generally, it’s the ones in my major. Sometimes, I leave class on the verge of tears because I’m so happy with my choice. That’s how you should feel! If you aren’t sure, then it might not be right.

Everyone is different and these ideas are of course based on my own experience. Comment below what your major is and how you decided on it! 🙂

Thanks for reading.

Grace

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