To the girl who isn’t sure what she wants to do with her major

A few days ago, I was asked what my major was and what I wanted to do with it. I honestly was dumbfounded by the question. Before starting college, I declared a psychology major. I found psychology so interesting and was interested in all types of job opportunities. The idea of being a counselor was intriguing to me, because I love being able to help others. That idea soon got pushed to the side when I started thinking about joining the FBI. For the majority of my first year at school, I was planning on trying to join the FBI after college. But, the more I thought about it, the more I realized it may not be the best career path for me.

As my second semester came to a close, I was really struggling in my psych classes and labs. Labs were my least favorite part of the week and the classes soon became less interesting. Granted, science has never been my strong suit and I was really starting to realize that.

After my freshman year, I contemplated the idea of switching majors. I realized I hadn’t been playing to my strengths when I first chose my major. I talked a lot to my mom about switching my major, and she thought it was a good choice too. My strengths include public speaking and leadership which didn’t exactly fit under the psych umbrella. Along with those traits, I have loved writing since I was able to pick up a pencil. I recognized my strengths, which led me to become a communications major.

I didn’t necessarily want to change my major because I thought I was the type of person who has everything planned from the beginning. But that did not seem to be the case. When I entered college, I was a psych major with a Spanish minor. I have taken Spanish since I was in kindergarten and I absolutely loved learning the language. But, when I started taking Spanish classes at college, I didn’t seem to love the language as much as I remembered, so I dropped my minor. I felt kind of lost, not knowing exactly what I wanted to do.

So, to the girl who isn’t sure what she wants to do with her major, don’t worry so much about it. I have learned that switching majors will not set you back, it just makes you work a little harder. I have learned that your major does not define you. If you work hard enough, you can do anything you put your mind to. As long as you keep a good work ethic, you are always able to succeed. Just because others have known exactly what they wanted to do since they were 5 years old, doesn’t mean you are wrong for changing your major and not being 100% sure what you want to do with your career.