When you graduate high school and make plans for college, the first thing you’re asked is, “What are you going to major in?” For me, and many other students, there isn’t an easy answer.
There is a lot of weight on choosing which path you’re going to take to begin your adult life. I honestly had no idea what I wanted to do.
I googled for hours, and any time someone mentioned an occupation or field I googled some more. I wanted to know what my options were because the decision I was making was a big one.
Fear came knocking on my door when I realized I was so beyond lost. What did I like enough to do for the rest of my life?
I took a step back from the searching and stressing. When I did that I stopped focusing on the career and started looking at my interests. I asked myself, “What do I enjoy the most?”
For me, I’ve always loved words and reading so I started to lean towards majoring in English. Writing has been my passion for ages, though at first, I was weary.
Being an English major would be a little out of the box for me, and definitely a bold step. Though once I started listening to myself, I changed majors and as soon as it was official felt giddy about the shift.
The only issue was, I didn’t think I wanted to tie myself down to one field. All of my life, I’ve loved to learn and school was kind of my thing, so I decided on double majoring.
I have always been intrigued by the business side of the world we live in. I wanted to look behind the curtains of businesses and organizations and see where the magic happened, so Marketing became my other major.
When I picked these options, I was fairly confident. I knew it was the fields I loved and the topics I would enjoy learning, but I didn’t really feel like I was in the right place until little moments revealed the truth.
I started to catch myself spilling all of the things I learned from my business classes to my roommate after almost every class. I’d go into our little living room and start with the phrase “Did you know” and wouldn’t stop until someone or something intervened.
For English, one of my professors commented on a paper that “I should consider majoring in English.” Her reinforcement made me feel like I was officially right where I belonged.
The truth is finding your major will take some time, and chances are you won’t get all of the right answers from googling. I’m here to tell you that it’s okay not to know, it’s okay to try a few classes to see what fits, and it’s okay to choose something unique.
The most important thing is to choose the major that is right for you. Moments and experience will reassure you that you’re exactly where you are supposed to be.