December 16, 2016

Why You Should Wait to Choose a College Major

Today's post was inspired by a tweet. This past rainy Saturday, while taking a break from lying in bed and watching NCIS from reviewing for finals, I went on a scroll through my Twitter feed and saw that someone tweeted out a message encouraging us college women to choose a major ASAP. Her logic was that this will help us to get a head start on our degree plan. I completely get where she was coming from, but I'm going to play devil's advocate and tell you why I don't think you should do this. 

I've switched my major three times, and I've transferred universities, and schools within universities, so if anyone knows how messy your credits and graduation plan can get if you don't pick the "right" major the first time, it's me. In an unforeseen, ironic, and fortunate twist, I'm graduating an entire semester early. 

The reason that you shouldn't choose a college major ASAP is because you might change your mind. It's as simple as that. And if you do change your mind, you may very well have wasted thousands of tuition dollars and hours of class time, and, worst-case scenario, delayed your graduation date. No matter how sure you are that *insert major here* is the major for you because you're going to become a *insert occupation title here,* you could change your mind.

When I was applying to college, I was sure of my major and career path. It turns out that what I thought I wanted wasn't actually what I wanted, and more importantly, what I was supposed to do. My freshman year, I took only general education requirements, excepting one class (which ultimately led me to the major I'm now pursuing my degree in), and I'm so glad that I did. Had I stocked up on political science classes, which I quickly realized I did not want to take, I would have a bunch of useless credits. Fall of last year, I took more gen eds, and in the spring, all business core classes... then I transferred out of the business school and into the communications school. Luckily, any random credits that I've accumulated have been applied as either gen ed fulfillments or electives.

I am a full supporter of taking mostly requirements your first two-ish years of school and sampling a few major-centric classes. I'm also a full supporter of academic advising. A lot of colleges require freshmen and sophomores to meet with an advisor before enrolling in courses, while giving juniors and seniors the option to do so. You're already paying for the service, so why not meet with someone who will go over the degree plan(s) you're looking at and help you determine what to take if you're unsure?

Did you choose a major ASAP? Why or why not?

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