Choosing a Major is All About Passion

By BRETT MARSHALL, CSU Public Relations Intern

There’s a quote from Confucius that I always let resonate when thinking about my future: Choose a job you love, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life. 

That choice starts at college – or before college. Yet, some of us enter and move through college without a decided major. It’s one of the most important decisions you’ve made to date. That decision doesn’t come easy.

It’s scary to make a big life decision like choosing a major. There’s a good chance that choice is something that’s going to shape the next 40 or so years of your life, so, yeah, no pressure. Don’t fret though. If you’re one those people having a tough time making or maybe doubting your decision, I’m here to give you some tips and links.

  • Find and Visit This Office. The Office of New Students and Family Programs on the main level of Preska offers counseling and services to help the undecided student. Start with the handy Advising Worksheet, follow the steps for Exploring a Major and set up a counseling session.
  • Use your resources. The Career Development Center located on the second floor of Wigley Administration has tons of stuff and experienced staff willing to help you narrow down and make choices. Here is a great CDC site to help you focus on your major
  • Turn to the Undergraduate Bulletin. The Undergraduate Bulletin is another great tool. It lists out every major minor at the University. Page through it and circle things that look interesting and cross out the things that look terrible. After that, write down your results and start to make some pros and cons lists and explore career opportunities within each of the majors.
  • Visit This Link.  This CDC site has endless resources on careers, majors, jobs and everything in between.
  • Find your passion. This is my best piece of advice. Take 10 minutes to write down everything you love doing. Reading, writing, singing, math, science, sports, grammar, chemistry or whatever else it may. Find the thing that’s your favorite and see if you can find a major that correlates with that passion. Don’t let salary deter you either.

If you do all that, I guarantee you’ll find some clarity. There’s no need to rush your decision either. Take your general education classes and more time to think about it if you need to.  And if you make a decision and find out down the road that it was terrible one, don’t hesitate to try something new. Take the steps now so you’ll “never have to work a day in your life.”

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