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Choosing a Major: Passion is the key

March 07, 2008 By: Category: College Major Info

If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is a compromise. –Robert Fritz
Going into college, I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life and to be completely honest, I still don’t.  But I thought I was supposed to.  I thought every college student knew what they wanted for life.  But, over the last couple of years, I’ve discovered differently. 

Most college students don’t know what they want to do for a living and that makes it all the more difficult to choose a major. So, with all that uncertainty, how did I choose to major in journalism?  I chose something I like, something I’m interested in, and something that I assumed I would enjoy everyday and rarely get sick of.  In high school, that was journalism for me.  Basically, I got lucky because my first choice ended up being something that really fit who I am as a person.

As for people who don’t have that same luck or don’t know what they want to do, I would suggest taking a lot of classes in lots of different areas in order to find out what you like.  A huge part of college is finding out who you are as a person and what you want out of life.  Part of that is exploring lots of options and finding out what you like and what you dislike.  Despite having stuck to my first choice major, this year I also added an Italian minor.  I’d never taken an Italian class before but I’ve had an unexplainable obsession with Italy for quite a while so I thought, why not?  It ended up being something I really enjoy and something that I want to learn more about. 

That being said, if all else fails and you can’t find something you think you might want to pursue in the future, I think the only thing to do is to pick something that you love.  College is really expensive and it lasts 2-4 years of your life, so the only way I can see it being worth it, is being able to do something you’re passionate about.