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The perfect major

Picking the perfect major for you can be a daunting task. Questions fill your head, and you may begin to doubt yourself.

Is this the right major for me? Do I really want to do this for the rest of my life? If I change my major, will I be able to graduate on time? What if I never find the major for me?

We would all be lying if we said not one of these questions ever popped into our heads. But that’s okay. It is normal to be unsure about your future. However, there are a few things that can help to reassure you about the major you have decided.

First and foremost, your homework doesn’t feel like homework. This tends to be a good tell when it comes to work you are assigned in the classes for your major (classes within the core curriculum excluded). Although you may not enjoy every assignment, you shouldn’t hate any assignments either. The work you do in these classes is the same or similar to the work you will do in your future career.

Another predictor can be found by looking at the people around you. Do you get along with your peers within your major and have similar interests? When this is the case, you can use them as a way to be on the outside looking in on your own life.

Choosing the right major isn’t always black and white. Meaning: it’s hardly ever black and white. Some of us are lucky and know exactly what we want to do when we are all grown up and have known for a long time. Others of us may have ideas of what careers we want to have one day but not an exact plan. Many of us are being pulled in two different directions, and others still have absolutely no clue of what they want to do after college.

For those of us who are still figuring out what we want to do when we grow up, here is some advice: when in doubt, test it out. If something sparks your interest, go ahead and give it a try. Take the class that sounds like it would be fun. Join the organization that made you want to stop and learn more at the activity fair. You have nothing to lose by trying something new and exploring your options.

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