How You Know You're In The Right Major

How You Know You're In The Right Major

The decision that haunts you from the moment you're asked "What do you want to do?"
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"So what's your major this week?" The infamous joke amongst my friends and family. For a year it seemed like I changed my life path every month. I've probably listed off just about every career and paired it with "I feel really good about this one." Tirelessly trying to convince myself that I had finally figured it out. But there was always a part of me that knew the major I was in was not going to fulfill my passions or excite me the way I wanted my career to.

I went from wanting to be a fashion merchandising major to accounting to Spanish to marketing to biology, you get the point. It was not until about two months ago that I sat back and realized that I was only really thinking about the financial opportunities these majors could bring me rather than the happiness and satisfaction they would bring. As soon as I started thinking along the lines of my passions and how I want to live my life ten years from now, I knew exactly what major was for me.

As soon as I got back from Christmas Break I declared myself as an English Literature and Psychology double major. The weight that was lifted off of my shoulders is indescribable. From there, I got accepted as a writer for an organization on campus known as Verge Campus and also for The Odyssey.

The entire first semester I struggled with trying to find extracurricular activities that I truly enjoyed. I tried Habitat for Humanity, I tried Greek life, I tried MedLife, etc. I was not truly enjoying anything that I was doing. I felt like I was just doing it to spice up my résumé. I finally feel fulfilled and like I am doing what I'm supposed to be doing. That is the feeling you need to seek out.

I further knew these were the right majors for me because I was excited about my future. The path I was on before this was medical school, and honestly, I was dreading it. I hate blood. I literally throw up when I see a pimple.

How the hell did I expect to make it through medical school? My new plan is to go to graduate from FSU and then go on to get my doctorate in literature. From there, ideally, I will become a college professor teaching literature while writing on the side, hopefully writing that is good enough to one day be published. I'd like to utilize my psychology major in my writing, I have not decided how, but I know I want to incorporate psychology. I am so beyond excited about graduate school and what my future will hold as an English and Psychology major.

To anyone that has not yet found their passion, keep searching. While money is important, you do not want to spend your entire life hating your job. Don't be that person that regrets spending your whole life working just for the money when you can be that person that spends every day doing a job they love and still making money while you do it.

If you're unsure if the major you're pursuing is right for you, I encourage you to get involved in organizations on campus that center around that field. Furthermore, when you have found the right major, you will be excited about your future, and you will feel a definite peace-of-mind. And don't worry if there are days where you doubt yourself.

I find myself in my literature class asking myself "ok how the hell did they get that from this poem, I am a terrible literature major, what am I doing?!" But then I sit back and reassure myself that I won't know everything, just like anybody else in any other major. In the end, it's all about enjoying what you're doing and having a passion for it.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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Sometimes "Out With The Old In With The New" Isn't the Best thing

We can't lose touch of the simpler things in life

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When I think about how much has changed and how much my world has developed since I was little, I get mind boggled realizing how different things are. I work at a restaurant in the city that I grew up in and I see famillies come and go for dinner every night. They all seem the same. The parents will walk in, check in with the hostesses and wait to be seated. If they're asked to wait, the kids sit by their parents sides playing on phones that are probably too young to have. I understand that waiting can get tedious and boring. By the time that they would sit down, I'd imagine that they would put down the devices and engage in some good old fashion conversation. I was wrong. It made me sad to see kids eating dinners with their families with zero interaction. When I was younger, I enjoyed the quality conversations I would have with my family when we got breaks from our all very hectic schedules. It's amazing how much technology has advanced, but sometimes, I believe that we might rely on it too much.

Seems like more and more things are becoming industrialized. Those "mom and pop" shops are closing down due to corporate companies buying the land. I have enough Walmart and Targets in a ten minute radius from me. Sure, places like these carry necessities are important, but when local Nurseries are closed down in order to build a new gas station, it just becomes sad. As things progress more, the more we lose touch of our roots. The places that make home special and different. The moments we have as a kid that don't involve a light on our face. Modernism is a powerful and amazing thing but we need to take a step back and reevaluate what we hold closest to us.

All in all, as we continue to develop, I will continue to advocate for the simpler moments and the simpler times. I don't think my kids will need iPhones right out of elementary school, I'll continue to visit the same hometown shops and give them as much business as possible, I'll always ask if he kids want coloring sheets at the dinner table. Although these small things might not matter in our everyday new world, they matter to me. I will always try to have so much fun that I forget to document things with my phone. The laughter and memories without the technology present. Those are the moments worth remembering.

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