Once you’ve begun to think about why you might be undecided about a major, you will recognize that the work of coming to a decision about a potential major will need to be done by only you. Here are some things that could help and support you in the process.
Deflate some myths.
Myth #1 – “I’ll just figure it out eventually.” – Just waiting and hoping will not necessarily help you explore. You will need to do some work to find a path.
Myth #2 – “I’m the only one who doesn’t have a plan.” – You may feel that you are the only one who has not chosen a major. The reality is that at many colleges more students enter as undeclared students than anything else.
Myth #3 – “Once I’ve chosen a major, I won’t be able to change.” – Some majors are easier to change than others, but no student should continue in a major that they feel is not the right fit. If a student feels that the major is not working for them, they should talk to an academic advisor or trusted professor. Obviously, the earlier a change takes place the easier it will be. A change may take place easily, or a change may require an extra summer class or even an extra semester, but changes of major are possible, are sometimes the very best choice for a student.
Myth #4 – “When I choose a major I’ll have chosen a career for my entire life.” – This myth is a two-fold concern. Understand that a major is an area of study, a subject that you enjoy, not necessarily a career choice. That major may lead to a specific career, but it may not. Let me remind you too, that most people today change jobs and even career paths several times throughout their lives. You can expect to make changes in direction as you move through the workplace.
So when you start to think about the major you are considering, ask yourself some questions.
• What majors am I considering? Why those? What do people do with those majors?
• What is my favorite subject? Why?
• What outside activities do I like?
• If I had a spare hour, what would I like to do? What would I pick up to read?
• What do I see as my greatest strengths? Weaknesses?
• Where do I picture myself 5 years from now? Ten years? What environment would I see myself in?
• What resources are available at school to help me consider my options?
• What are I doing to work on deciding about a major?
This is a big decision and it may be difficult to step back and make this decision. Just remember to enjoy the path to the discovery
Undecided students; how can you help. (2015, October 1). Retrieved from http://www.collegeparents.org/members/resources/articles/undecided-students-how-can-you-help