Some students already knew what they want to do or what courses they want to take up in college. Some are probably forced by their parents to major in something they are not even interested in. College can be intimidating or exciting! For some, going to college could be a way for them to know what they want to become in the future; to know what their purpose is in life. Choosing your major is just one of the many decisions that you will face before or during your college journey.
I started in a community college back in 2011. Initially, I wanted to major in Forensic Science as I was so into CSI. However, my dad wanted me to take Nursing or any major relating to Business. I did not decide on what to major in up until to the time when I was filling up the admission form and I wrote “Accounting”.
A semester remaining before I graduate with an Associate’s degree in Accounting, I went to Washington D.C., New York, and Los Angeles where I attended the International Scholar Laureate Program (ISLP) and realized that Accounting is not for me. I did not see myself being an accountant or a CPA as my father would have wanted. After a series of workshops, conferences, and meetings during ISLP, I realized that I want to change my major to Management.
I did graduate with an Associate’s degree in Accounting then transferred to Texas Tech University majoring in Management. It was easy for me to do so because my parents were very supportive and I already took some of the business courses needed to major in any business field. I just know that I can do this and this is what I really want.
Today, my boyfriend Ron decided to change his major from Mechanical Engineering to Management Information Systems (MIS), which is under Business. I am definitely supportive of his decision as long as that is what he really wants to do.
College is an eye-opener for me as to what I want to pursue. I want to be my own boss; to be a good leader and a model of excellence, integrity, and service who inspires, motivates, teaches, and helps other people. If you are still struggling with what you want to do in college, my advice is just follow your heart and do what makes you happy. If you feel like you want to switch your major, do some research first, ask your advisor, and don’t be afraid of changes. Do you see yourself doing what you love to do today in the future?
I wish you all the best in your academic endeavors!