Choosing the Right College Major
High school graduates and college students often have to deal with the struggle of choosing their college major. You can map out your career and, in the end, feel more passionate about a different field. To make this decision easier for you, here are the experiences of 3 successful graduates.
Leo Manning from La Salle University ended up changing his major three times, from one that his parents wanted him to choose to psychology, which he had generated an interest in. Later, he chose psychology as his secondary and opted for digital art and multimedia design as his primary.
This was a decision he made after he landed an internship and eventually a graphic designing job. This goes to show that you should always have a willingness to learn, as well as flexibility in what you are learning. Leo Manning shows us that you can find the right fit once you open up to the different opportunities presented to you.
After receiving a BA and BS degree in psychology and biology, Hayley joined Western Illinois University to study English. Previously, Hayley had always had an interest in veterinary medicine, which is why she chose psychology to study animal behavior and biology to learn what she needed to know about animals. However, she soon realized that this field was quite challenging to enter and that it could be a stretch for her.
She still worked as a vet tech but decided to return to what she planned initially – an MA in English. Hayley found a liberating end to her journey by writing a dissertation with faculties from the arts, biology, and English department.
This shows that you might not always follow a direct path to where you want to be, and meandering on your way to success is okay. Just trust your capabilities, and you will get there.
Dr. Alyssa Gilston
Alyssa started by majoring in political science but realized that it wasn’t for her. She then took a psychology course, transferred to Fairleigh Dickinson University, and graduated as a psychology major.
Alyssa ended up with a bachelor’s in psychology and a master’s in both clinical counseling and clinical psychology. She now writes textbooks, reviews dissertations, reviews courses, and so much more. This goes to show how you can learn about your tastes later and adapt your life accordingly.
Also, be sure to become a part of social media platforms, such as The Tech Edvocate and The Edvocate to enter into a community of educationists who want to learn beyond the classroom and further their careers.
There is a different lesson to learn from each of these successful graduates who had to adapt, be flexible, and re-evaluate what they wanted. Remember, choosing your college major isn’t a one-size-fits-all concept.