When you first begin to pack for moving into your college adventure, you might feel incredibly excited. You probably also feel quite a bit of anxiety and fear revolving around your new adventure as well. Choosing your major does not have to be one of those fears. Instead, focus on your new adventure and all of the great things you can expect to have in the coming years.
There are a few things that college freshmen often do not know about choosing a major. In this article, we will highlight some of those things in order to hopefully relieve some of the pressure you may be feeling about choosing your major. Your choice of major could be the single most important deciding factor for the success of your future career.
You Do Not Need One on Day 1
Consider the fact that the first two full years of college are almost entirely dedicated to completing a core curriculum and you will see how you may not need to know your major on day one. In some respects, thinking ahead toward your major could help you more accurately choose those core classes, but this does not have to be done before you begin college. Just be sure to choose a major sometime during your sophomore year!
What Makes Money Today is Not Guaranteed Tomorrow
Unless you have a crystal ball or get a tarot reading, you have no guarantee about which major will make the most money. In fact, many majors that are currently making really nice incomes will be phased out before you even graduate college. There is no guarantee that your major will make bank, think ahead to the future the best you can, but do not count on anything.
You Are Not Married to Your Major
Many people do not understand how easy it is to change your major. If you decide that you no longer want to be an art history major, changing to chemical engineering is fairly easy. Of course, the more often you change your major, the more likely you are to wind up taking unnecessary classes. So, while it is good to know nothing is permanent, it is also good not to waste time and money without real thought behind it.
You Can Double Major
If you are stuck with a difficult choice between two really great majors, then you might consider double majoring in both of them. This works especially well when the two majors work well together in your career of choice. Just know, double majoring will likely add some time to your college experience.
Choosing a college major is important, and it will help to determine your path for the future. But it is also important to remember that although this choice is important it is not permanent. In fact, even after you have graduated college, you could continue your education in a different field if you so desired. Think about the decision, but do not allow the decision to keep you up for too long every night.