Summary: Making a Major Decision That's Right for You
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?
Points to Remember:
1. You are choosing a major, not necessarily a career. Most liberal arts degrees
offer a broad educational base and do not "track" for a specific career. You will
graduate with skills and abilities that make it possible to succeed in many fields.
Internships, volunteer activities, and work experience during college may also enhance
your opportunities for employment in a field that interests you.
2. You are choosing for the person you are NOW, at 17 or 18, not for the person you
will be at 45. You don't know yet what your 45-year-old self will want, nor can you
guess that far ahead. Focus on NOW and the subjects that interest you most.
3. Ultimately the choice of a major is yours not your parents', not your friends', and
certainly not your academic advisor's. All of those people can provide information,
advice, and support, but you must make a decision that is right for you, because you
must live with the consequences delightful or otherwise of your decision.
4. Some students find it difficult to select a major because they have many and varied
interests. This is a great "problem"! Remember that choosing one area in which to
focus does NOT mean you must abandon your interests in other areas a botanist