It’s the big question that every degree-seeking student must answer: what do you want to major in? Whether it’s a decision you are dreading to make or an easy one you’ve had made since childhood, you’ll have to choose one.
There are some people who are perfectly content with the path they have chosen. My sister decided on being a veterinarian before high school and is still on that path after entering college.
Not all of us have that level of clarity regarding the future. I know it can feel daunting but don’t worry, college is all about trying new things and exploring new paths. Take it from me, someone who was undecided about a major up until the minute before having to pick one.
The decision I made, which may be apparent by the article you are reading, was journalism. I picked it on a whim but ended up falling in love with the ins and outs of the job. I saw the importance of a free press, the good that reporters can bring about, and the corruption reporters can expose.
I enjoyed that career path for some time, but I found that I recently fell out of love with the career. It dawned on me while working for the Echo that this isn’t something I want to do for the rest of my life. Don’t get me wrong, I still believe in the importance of journalism and I still enjoy a bit of writing.
However, I think what really helped me make the decision was what I was missing rather than what I was doing. For the first time in college, I had gone an entire semester without taking a history course and I missed it.
Although it was always a favorite subject of mine, I never really considered a career in history. I realized that I missed learning about the past when I was without those lessons. I might not have realized this without that semester where I didn’t have those courses.
As a general rule in life, it is important to try new things, but it is even more important when pursuing things that will have a lasting impact. If you are unsure about your current educational path or are interested in another course, consider taking a class in it.
An additional class here and there add up and it might move your graduation date, but it might be worth it if you find a path you’d rather pursue. You might also consider talking with a professor in that field because they can bring new career options to your attention or reassure you about your current path.
In the end, it’s worth it to pursue classes where your interests lie and it’s certainly worth picking a career you will be happy with.