Are you still undecided and more than half way through your first semester of college? You’re not alone! It is OKAY to be unsure during the first part of your college career. Many students end up changing their majors several times. Many students even graduate with a completely different degree than when they started. I personally have switched my major and career path. It is not something to be ashamed of and don’t worry too much!
Even though you shouldn’t stress too much about being undecided in the beginning of your college career, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t care about it at all. College is a lifestyle. A lot of college has to deal with the experiences, but it is important to remember that ultimately, you are here because of your academics. That being said, make sure you are paying attention to which classes you are taking.
During the first two years of school you can usually get away with taking mostly gen eds/liberal studies. Take advantage of these classes! Take things that you don’t know anything about or just take a random class that seems interesting. Push yourself out of your comfort zone and learn something new. This is your time to experiment and this is the way to do it! Taking introductory level classes can really help you decide if you’re truly interested in a major.
Another way to help you decide what major to declare is practice. This could be volunteer work, internships, or even paid positions. Go around and look for places you could see yourself working. Even if it is an entry level position somewhere it could help you get your foot in the door, get a good reference, AND it could guide you in the right direction. Trying out a new class, job, or club can be great! It could also be TERRIBLE! If you really don’t like something, remember that. There is always good to be learned from every experience. Keep that in mind as you go through your search. Sometimes deciding what you don’t want to do is just as important.
There is help! You are not out there alone! Talk to your advisors, counselors, mentors, family, friends, etc… People are always willing to give their opinions, so don’t be afraid to ask! We are included in that group. The iRAs are here to answer any personal questions you may have about majors so go ahead and test out our knowledge. There are also many online quizzes to help lead you in the right direction. You may not want to take all of these literally, but it could be another tool to help steer you in the right direction.
In the end, make a list. Write down what you like to do, who you like to be around, what type of settings you like to be in and go from there. Once you have a list, try to make some comparisons to different career fields. Pros and cons lists can be extremely beneficial as well. Whatever you do, do not resort to a coin flip. College costs you (or someone else) a lot of money. Make sure you are treating it as an investment for your future and not just playtime. Take time to truly think about what you want to do and make sure YOU are HAPPY with that decision.