When I was seven years old, I decided I wanted to be a detective. At 10, I thought maybe being a lawyer would be more fun. By 15, I wanted to be a rock star, and at 17, I wanted to be a music producer.
Now, I’m a junior in college and I’ll be lucky if I make up my mind on law school before I have to take the LSATs.
Choosing a major is hard work.
Granted, some students know what they want to do from the very start. For the most part, these people enter the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, also known as the STEM fields. Some of them become doctors.
The rest of us, however, seem to pinball from major to major for the first two or even three years of college before life crystallizes in front of us. This pinballing is how you choose your major.
It’s safe to say that by the time one starts their college career, they have yet to experience a lot of what life has to offer, and so have not yet learned enough about the world or themselves to decide what they want for their future.
The gradual shift from world exploration to test preparation that modern high school education has taken means a lot of students take at least the first two semesters of college exploring options.
Take me, for instance. My first semester of college, I was in a music appreciation class, two philosophy courses and an English course. For a while, I genuinely thought I would be an accounting major. It was only last semester that I fully committed myself to studying English.
There’s a reason students don’t get major-specific advisers until much later in their college career. A lot of people don’t even figure their majors out by then even.
So don’t worry if those first couple of semesters are a strange mixture of arts, sciences and business.
Don’t be concerned if that pottery class isn’t as interesting as planned. Take into consideration if a prerequisite business course turns out to be the most fun thing in the world.
The most important part of choosing a major is finding one’s passion. Much like an Ollivanders Wand or the thug life, your major might just choose you.