I have changed my major three times and I’m not done

I have changed my major three times and I’m not done

Welcome to ON MY MIND, a new segment on my blog where I write about whatever is on my mind!

I have now almost four semesters completed in college. Time is flying. Two universities and three major-changes later, I still don’t feel ready to decide my future. From Environmental Science to Journalism and New Media Studies to Public Administration, I don’t know what I want to get my Bachelors Degree in.

I have a few ideas of what I want my future to be like, and I just can’t seem to decide which story-book ending I like best. I could be an environmental scientist who travels the world, studying alternative resources and how to implement them into our daily lives. I could be a journalist, broadcasting live every morning on the Today Show like Matt Lauer or Kathie Lee and Hoda. I could be an optometrist, who owns her own private practice in the suburbs of New York and travels to remote African villages where I volunteer to provide children with the gift of better site. I could be a public relations specialist at one of the highest grossing companies in the year 2023. The possibilities are endless, and what if I don’t make the right decision?

What if I don’t make a lot of money? What if I am unhappy? What if I can’t handle the work load of the major I choose? What if I can’t get my dream job? What if I spent thousands of dollars on a college degree, only to never use it? The “what-ifs” are endless and I am freaking out inside!

One thing I know is true about my needs for the future is my need to feel like I am fulfilling a purpose and am inducing change.

As the end of my sophomore year approaches, the need to decide my major is becoming more and more necessary. I will have finished my general course requirements at Rutgers and my future classes will only consist of courses that will fulfill my future major. What do I do? How do I come to a decision about what I want to do for the rest of my life?

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  1. April 21, 2017 / 12:56 pm

    For me (I am one year out of college), I learned what I liked through internships! Some internships were terrible (I thought it was what I wanted to pursue but I quickly learned I was wrong) and some were gateways that opened me to new careers I didn’t even know existed!! My advice to you would be to expose yourself to the work-world and new career options through internships (as a sophomore, yours will likely be unpaid, which is okay!) and interview as many people as you can about their careers while you’re there (or via LinkedIn or IRL connections like your professors!) If you’ve narrowed it down to two types of majors, then you could try double majoring! I wish I did that with Marketing and Art! They go hand in hand!

    Best of luck with what you pick!! I know it’s not easy! It’s also not the end of the world 🙂
    Kim | Simply Lovebirds

    • Riley Dixon
      April 26, 2017 / 2:36 pm

      This was super reassuring and helpful! I’ll definitely be taking your advice! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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