What’s your major?
It’s the question that defines us as college students. Some are excited to answer and others dread the question. Many people go into college unsure about what they want to major in so they rush into the first subject that seems like a good fit.
However, there may come a time when you realize you’re studying something you just can’t stand and no longer fits your plan for the future.
Not every student is cut out to be biology major, it’s hard!
Why else would people trust you with their lives if it wasn’t?
Or, maybe, you’ve finally realized that all those journals you write in are just a great creative writing portfolio in the making.
Maybe you’re knack for social media is pointing you in the mass communication direction.
When this happens, it may be time to change your major, and that’s okay.
I came to Linfield determined that I wanted to major in psychology so that ultimately I could be a Spencer Reid from Criminal Minds for the FBI.
After a few psychology classes, it was clear that even psychology had too much science in it for me. Even though I was still a freshman when I made this decision, I felt like an idiot for wanting to change majors. No one ever directly told me this, but I had this feeling that I was expected to have my life figured out at 18 years old.
I thought I would be perceived as a failure. Luckily, we go to a liberal arts college where trial and scholarly experimentation is encouraged.
College is about learning on your own and being bold enough to make your own uncertain decisions about your future. So I say, be open to trying the random math or gender studies class.
You might just find your niche. You’ve taken the same six subjects before college. If you don’t know your major, its more than understandable.
If you’re convinced you’re studying the wrong thing, is there really any reason to continue pursuing a degree you hate and hope you’ll never have to use?
And don’t think you’re wasting money. That’s what LCs are for, experimenting subjects.
So change your major once, or even twice, or maybe you’re one of the lucky few who never has to change in the first place. Either way, don’t be afraid to make the decision.
You have time to experiment with classes these first few years at Linfield so do it! That is what you’re paying for because you chose a liberal arts college.
Changing your major may be the change and spark you need to make your time at college worth it.
Alyssa Townsend/Opinion editor
Alyssa Townsend can be reached at email@example.com.
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What’s your major?
“What do you want to do for the rest of your life?” This common question is always popping up around campus, and it is usually the follow up question to “what is your major?”
These questions are often answered with something like, “business major with a minor in economics, and hopefully that will get me a good-paying job after college,” or something entirely different, such as, “art major with a minor in philosophy… I’ll be going to work as an interior designer.”
Are those taking business and economics classes doing this just to get a high paying job, or do they truly love what they do?
Are the art majors taking these classes because they are extremely passionate about their artwork, even though they know that they may likely struggle to secure a job after college?
Either way, we all choose our majors for a multitude of different reasons.
One good reason for choosing a major is money. Everyone worries about money, and choosing a major that would score you a high paying job right off the bat is ideal for being financially successful, but is it necessarily the right thing to do?
If you choose a major that will land you swimming in cash, you might be able to buy a ridiculous amount of cool stuff, but will you be happy?
And is choosing a major that allows you to only explore your passions a good idea? How many artists out there actually make it big and get discovered?
Unfortunately, few art majors will end up hanging their paintings in the Guggenheim. But how does one go about sacrificing his or her passions for cash, and vice versa?
As college students, we often don’t think about our futures further than the paper that’s due tomorrow.
We often procrastinate to the point of writing a 10-page paper the night before it’s due.
Thinking about our future beyond college can be a stretch, but it is something we all worry about. We’ve all heard our parents or friends talk about how difficult the job market is right now. Naturally, this stresses us out.
For those who are taking the business classes, they can easily shrug this remark off. But for those of us who choose majors that will not land us a secured job after college, this remark worries us.
It sends our brains spinning in different directions. We even begin to doubt ourselves, wondering if we even chose the right major.
However, I believe that those of us who choose our majors because we are passionate about them, regardless of the money that we will or will not make, will end up content and successful in life.
We’ll get the opportunity to love what we do, day in and day out.
While we might not be rolling in cash, we’ll certainly live in a loving, positive environment.
And even though we may struggle at times, such as when we have to pay our mortgages or begin to raise families, we’ll always be happy knowing that we chose to spend our lives loving every single moment that we spend at work.
After all, what if Beethoven had chosen to focus on mathematics instead of music?
Alyssa Carano/Senior photographer
Everyone knows that it is not necessary to officially declare a major until the end of one’s sophomore year. It’s even encouraged that students try new things when they get to college because students often change their majors a few times before finally finding the right fit for them.
But is this really the best option for students—going in with the mindset that they don’t really need to figure it out until halfway through college?
After my first semester here at Linfield, I changed my major from psychology to mass communication, to biology. But was this really the best choice for me?
Because I didn’t realize going in that I would become interested in becoming a dentist, which requires a student to major in biology I was unable to properly prepare this year and therefore did not sign up for the biology class.
Because of this, I will be taking classes during the summer, so that next year when I double up on my workload to major in biology, while still graduating on time, it won’t be so hard on me.
Now, I’m not saying that students should know exactly what they need to do from the moment they set foot on campus. But shouldn’t it be encouraged that students at least have a general idea before signing up for classes?
I feel as though some students fall back on the idea that it’s okay to not know for a few years, and therefore don’t take their education as seriously their first year of college. (talk about the tone this sets for the remaining three years?)
This leads to stress during junior and seniors year and can lead to students having to stay another semester or even a year and graduating late.
Although I’m not saying this applies to everyone, I feel as though students should be encouraged more before coming into college to figure out their passions in life or what they want their future careers to be.
This would require high schools to prepare students, but I think that colleges should encourage students to have a better idea before coming in as well. This way, students can come to college more focused with a better mindset of how their college years will play out.
I am not sure there are many people advocating for two years for students to dabble in different disciplines.
The feeling I got from Colloquium was that from day one we were to be throwing our energy into stuff that we were passionate about, but if that didn’t pan out or we didn’t like the classes, we were then to look into pursuing a different path.
Samantha Sigler/News editor
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