How To Know What Major Is Right For You

You'll Know That You Chose The Right Major When You Have These 5 Realizations

Loving what you do makes life a million times better.

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My whole life, I've always known what I've wanted to be: a teacher. I came into college as an English major with an interest in high school education. I wasn't too sure if I was going to stick with it, but since I had been good at English throughout high school, I decided to try it. After almost a year of being an English (and now officially accepted into the English Ed) major, I can honestly say that I love my life.

I am turning into the epitome of English major, and I am NOT mad about it. I thrive on coffee and good books, I read for fun, and I edit other peoples' papers with joy. I type papers with Jane the Virgin-esque gusto, and I feel utter glee when I complete a critical essay I am proud of. A fun Saturday would honestly be me in a hammock on the quad reading a book all day long.

That being said, I know a lot of people come into college undecided. Many others also come into college with a major they're not passionate about, and stick with it because of the money they'll make in the future. Here are X reasons why loving your major is more important than making lots of money.

1. Doing homework doesn't feel like a chore

All throughout high school, homework was extremely difficult, because I was doing homework every night for 7 different classes, over half of which I didn't even enjoy being in. Now that I'm in college, I don't have nearly as taxing of a load. The work itself is of a higher caliber, but I am in more classes that I truly enjoy, so doing the homework for those classes isn't as horrible. Deadlines and projects still weigh me down, just as they have before, but now, when I finally sit down and focus on my work, I am actually interested in what I am doing. As a result, my homework, papers, and projects also turn out to be higher quality, since I am not bored out of my skull when doing them.

2. Thinking about your future causes joy, not extreme anxiety

When I imagine teaching about literature, I feel a glow in my heart. I think about how my classroom will look, how I will engage with my students, what books I will teach, and what my life will be like in general. No lie, I even have an Instagram folder of saved photos of outfits I want to wear when I am a teacher. I am truly ecstatic about my future, and I know that the pay isn't great, but I also know that I will be happy and doing a job that I love. Granted, all jobs have their ups and downs, but as long as the passion is still there, you know you are on the right track.

So, find what you're passionate about, and stick with it. When there are passion and love in your life, other things will work themselves out. Don't spend the rest of your college education (and tuition) doing something you truly dislike, just for the financial gain in the end. We only get one life, and our quality of life truly matters. So give yourself a good future by testing the waters, finding what you love, and running with it.

3. You feel more engaged when you're actually in class

Currently, I am in a class titled Survey of American Literature. We read literature from the early 1600s all the way to the present. Are the texts we read sometimes drier than the Sahara desert? yes. Are the assignments sometimes overwhelming? Also yes. However, every Monday and Wednesday, I still get excited to go to that class and discuss what I read. Truthfully, it's the highlight of my week, because I am able to translate old literature into present learning experiences and connect my life to lives that left us long ago. Being in class, I am not bored, or doodling, or disengaged. I am present, and I am actually learning. Finding a major that you're passionate about will turn gloomy, dreary days into engaging, intellectual adventures, trust me.

4. You bond with the faculty more

Since I am in a major I love, I don't mind doing extra things within the major. I meet with advisors, join extracurricular clubs within the department, and volunteer in the department when needed. All this extra work, with me making my face known within the department, truly helps open up opportunities for me. Last semester, I was offered the opportunity to present some research on Honors within the English major — as a first-semester freshman!! By bonding with the faculty more as a result of my involvement within the community, I have opened up many doors for myself in regards to leadership and activism, and I can't wait to meet more faculty as I go along.

5. Literally, you will be doing this for the rest of your life

The fact of the matter is, this is your future. What you choose in college does matter, because it impacts the job opportunities which you are able to take on in the real world. Choosing a major immediately is not necessary, by any means. In fact, I encourage incoming college freshmen to test the waters a bit. Take classes you wouldn't normally take, complete those general education courses, and find what you truly feel passionate about. When you're in the right major, time truly flies. I cannot believe that 1/4th of my college career is almost over, but I am glad that I found what I love, and I can't wait to see what the future holds for me within this major.

So to my fellow students: allow yourself to be open to the idea of change. Don't get stuck in a mindset that college is just training for your future job and the degree will help you earn more. College is about much more than that and can be an amazing experience with the right major. Earning less but being happy is much more important than earning tons and hating your job. Find your passion, and stick with it! The rest will all fall in place.

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13 Things All Nursing Majors Know Really Well, Besides The Inside Of Their Eyelids

Ah yes, multiple night shifts, in a row. Splendid.
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College. The true test of how well you're able to balance sleep, school, and a social life all at once. Each student knows this struggle all too well, but nursing students are forced to take this juggling act to the extreme. Between early morning clinicals, studying, homework, PrepUs, and care plans there is barely any time left to have a social life, or let alone sleep. To prove the struggle, here are 13 things that all nursing majors know too well.

1. How all the professors acted during your first week of nursing school

2. When your clinical instructor makes you arrive at 6 a.m. sharp every week and stay until 4 p.m.


3. When your professors schedule two tests in the same week along with 25 PrepU quizzes


4. When your test answer was correct but not the MOST correct


5. When you go home for break and your family members ask you how nursing school is going


6. When you somehow find time to go out but don't know how to dress in something other than scrubs


7. When your patient presses the call light for the 100th time in the last 10 minutes


8. When your clinical instructor lets you pass meds and start an IV all in the same day


9. How you feel when your patient says, "You're going to be a great nurse someday!"


10. When your friends get upset that you can never hang out with them anymore


11. When you argue with your professor on a test question and earn the whole class points back


12. How you felt after you successfully gave your first shot to a patient


13. And when you realize that one day all of this stress and hard work will finally pay off and you will have the job of your dreams!

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High School Seniors Should Be Excited For College, Not Scared

Even though it seems stressful and it is a big new place, it will be some of the best memories you will have for life.

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Going into the summer after my high school graduation, all I could think about was college, and how I was going to prepare to go to a new school and move away from home. Just know, it is not as stressful as you prepare yourself for it to be. You don't need to worry about not having any friends or not knowing how to get to all the different buildings because you have to remember everyone else on campus has been in the exact same position you are in, and there are tons of people on campus to help you.

One of the things I was most worried about was classes and how to know which classes to take. My advice is to go to counseling and plan out your classes before you register. Planning out classes will drastically help you stay on track and the counselors will help you make a balanced schedule that you can actually handle.

Another piece of advice would be to not bring as much stuff for your dorm as you think you will need. By all means, bring the essential things that you will need, but remember a dorm room is very small and you share it with another person. You won't have a ton of space for extra stuff and you want to have space to move around and actually live in your dorm.

Finally, if you are concerned about meeting people and making friends, just try and be as outgoing and open as possible. Everyone else in the dorms is just as nervous as you are too meet people, it really helps to try to branch out. Joining clubs or greek life also helps you meet people around campus with common interests as you.

College is not something to be scared of. Even though it seems stressful and it is a big new place, it will be some of the best memories you will have for life.

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