Making the decision of what you will choose as your major is a big decision that often brings about stress. There is a lot to think about and process when figuring out what career you might want to choose and what you want to do with the rest of your life. The list of possibilities seem endless and there are so many factors to take into consideration when making up your mind.
First, it is important to do what you love. So many people pick their majors because they think it will help bring them money or is a respectable career. Although doing what you love might not allow you to have the mansion you always dreamed of, doing what you love will pay off in so many other ways. You will be able to enjoy your work and not just do it out of obligation, you will be energized by your work instead of drained by it, and you will be so much better at your job because you will care about what you are doing.
Second, choose what YOU want to do with your life. It is so easy to get caught up in what our friends or parents think we should do or what they envision our future to be. But it is your life, and you have to do what you think you will thrive doing and what you think God has called you to do. Most of the time family and friends mean well when they try to suggest what you should do, and it is good to listen to their opinions, but you need to realize that ultimately, it is up to you and you have to do what you think will be best for you.
Third, try out a bunch of different things. It is so hard to be asked what we are going to do with our lives when we really have no idea what we can do with each major or what different jobs look like. Whether through job shadowing, internships, or just by talking to professionals in the fields you are looking to go into, it is important to pursue ways to really experience what different degrees and jobs will allow you to do so that you can figure out what you really enjoy doing.
Finally, don’t worry. So much pressure is put on students to figure out all of the details to determine the path the rest of their lives will take. This, however, can be much less stressful when you look at the big picture. Remember that you have to start college with a year or more of Gen. Ed. classes, so you have that year to help you see what you like and make up your mind. In addition, when you pick your major, you are not necessarily determining the fate of the rest of your life. You can often work numerous types of jobs with one degree or you can always chose to switch your direction or specialize with a Master’s degree.
Your college degree is something to take pride in, not worry about. All the time and effort you put into picking your major will be well worth it when you finally find something that you love. For a list of majors at Nyack College, click here.