One of the biggest stress factors of a college student that is deciding on a major. If you are one of the few lucky people who enter college your freshmen year with a clear idea of what you want to do for the rest of your life, then you are incredibly fortunate and this does not apply to you. However, the majority of us will change our minds at least a dozen times before we actually choose one definite major.
1. Don’t Panic
The first thing you need to do is realize that you are not alone! Most people don’t have everything figured out their freshmen year; most of us are still deliberating on our majors as sophomores, juniors and some even as seniors. So, don’t stress yourself out and go crazy just because you don’t have everything figured out yet.
2. Variety of Classes
Even if you have an idea of what you’d like to major in, it’s a very good idea to take a wide range of courses before making a concrete decision. So even if you’re a business major, take an art history or media studies course; you’ll never know what works for you until you explore different options. The more variety of courses you take, the more it will help in making the right decision.
3. Research Careers
When you have a major in mind, research what types of careers and positions you can go into with that major. Then, consider if any of these careers are something you could see yourself doing in the future. Or, research a type of career you are interested in and see what major would be needed for that position.
4. Your Interests
You don’t want to be stuck doing a job for the rest of your life that you have no interest in. When deciding on a major, consider your interests and what you’d enjoy doing. Work doesn’t seem like work if you enjoy what you do.
So don’t let this stress you out. Simply take the time to explore different majors as well as your interests and eventually you will come to a decision. Don’t create limiting time constraints for choosing a major because they may cause you to panic and not make an informed decision. And remember, you can always change your major if you change your mind, even if you have declared it!