“So what are you majoring in?”
“Oh, I’m undecided.”
“Hmm. So, like, what are you thinking about?”
Cue internal screaming.
“I’ll get back to you on that.”
Tell me. How many times have you had this conversation? Probably what seems like a million. If you’re undeclared, don’t panic. Your future is just as unclear as your friend who is a business major or just happens to be applying for nursing school. 80% of students change their major at least once, and on average they change majors at least three times. So, in being undeclared, you’re a step ahead of your peers by acknowledging that you really aren’t sure where you want your path to lead. Congratulations!!!
Let’s be real. The fact of the matter is you will have to declare a major eventually. Instead of making it this huge, daunting, life-altering decision, take it in baby steps.
Baby step #1
There are two ways you can approach your undecided college education: the easy way or the smart way. The easy way entails you taking classes that you will do well in, and thus boosting your GPA. The smart way means taking classes in a wide variety of subjects so you can test the waters and see what interests you. CAUTION: Classes cost money, and lots of it.
BABY STEP #2
Talk to your friends and upperclassmen. Since most people have changed their majors, find out what they liked and didn’t like about the classes they took. Don’t dismiss a class just because your friend hated it – find out why they hated it. Hopefully their experience will help you figure out which classes you want to try out.
BABY STEP #3
After talking to your friends, the best way to pick which classes to take is to look at what your university requires of you. When do you have to declare your major? Can you take classes that would count for your core? Which majors do you have to apply to? That way you’ll only get exposed to majors that you can actually pursue. DON’T be afraid to speak to your advisors, they can assist in guiding you in the right direction!
If you’re worried about declaring your major or graduating on time, try taking classes over the summer. That way you can try out whatever you want without worrying about that graduation date.
BABY STEP #4
My last bit of advice is to take your research seriously. Many career centers offer comprehensive online tests that will point you in the direction of careers & majors. Similar ones are also available to you through the Internet. In addition to listing possible majors, these tests can help you identify your strengths and weaknesses. Are you artistic? Do you enjoy helping others? Then you can search which majors are best suited for your strengths.
If you’re undeclared, don’t stress! You will find something that you enjoy and makes your tuition money worth it. Just be practical about it and have an attack plan, so you can make the most out of your time in the classroom.