Picking Your Major Is A Lot Like Dating: It Doesn't Have To Last Forever

Picking Your Major Is A Lot Like Dating: It Doesn't Have To Last Forever

You don't marry your first college hook-up, so why would you marry your major?

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If I have learned anything in college, it's that freshmen are naïve. They move into their dorms expecting their roommate to be their BFF, dining hall food to taste good, and to fulfill their childhood dream of being a STEM major.

In a year, they will reflect and scoff at some of the stupid freshman things that they said and did. I know I did, and still do.

Many of us came to school with a plan and a degree in mind but for some reason, we get it into our heads that you have to stick with that major. News flash — picking your major is an awful lot like dating: it doesn’t have to last forever.

Let's be real, a majority of college kids have commitment issues when it comes to relationships. I am not saying that is a bad thing. In fact, I think it's probably a good thing to be independent and grow up on your own.

We swipe through tinder, hook up at parties, but we marry our majors the first week of school.

It is so stupid.

Start treating your majors like we treat our relationships — a fun fling.

I encourage you to try new things. You never know what you might find that you thoroughly enjoy and might want to make a career out of. There are classes offered at universities in subjects you may not have even known exist. Or possibly, teachers in high school didn’t do subjects justice.

A lot of people think it is a waste of time to take classes that aren't a part of your major, and I thought that too, but the reality is that you are learning more information which turns you into a well-rounded student.

Not only that, but it can be a process of elimination. I started off school thinking I wanted to be a journalism major, which then turned into a business major, a finance major, a marketing major, a sociology major, and eventually landed back on journalism public relations major.

So, I took a lot of classes that don’t have anything to do with journalism, but I am more confident than ever that I am in the right major for me.

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