Major Choices Made Minor
Accept help, and research what a job with your degree would be like. Something as small as the work environment could change your mind.
KENNESAW, Ga. (Aug 10, 2018) — There are a lot of majors to choose from, and it can be a little difficult to choose. The best advice I can give you is based off of my own experience of choosing a major and helping someone else choose his.
I personally started thinking about what I wanted to be in the future in middle school, and at that age, I was convinced I was going to be a doctor. Problem was: I would gag anytime someone picked a scab. It wasn’t the blood that bothered me. It was just the reopening of a closed wound. I also later developed a fear of germs thanks to my nephew losing his lunch all over me in the car. Simply put, I could not become a doctor.
During the summer after my middle school years, I enrolled in the KSU Math Circle Summer Camp. I loved math, so my mom told me about the program to see if I would be interested. Being the inequality-solving machine that I was, I immediately asked her how to sign up. I was accepted, and I began learning some things about discreet mathematics under Dr. Watson. That was when things became interesting. One day, my group learned the probability behind a bridge collapsing, and it terrified me. This led to my new career choice: Civil Engineering. I was going to fix bridges!
After my Freshman year in high school, I learned I was wrong. AGAIN. Sophomore year, I took Engineering courses at my local college and career academy. My teacher did not teach us what we were interested in. Instead, he taught us a little of everything and helped us research different denominations of Engineering. I had no interest in any of it at first since he seemed to keep clear of Civil Engineering, but he later introduced me to something called a programmable logic controller. It was my job to program a small system we had using code that went into what seemed like a little box, and it amazed me. He told me that was a major part of Mechatronics Engineering, my current major.
My point there is: Small things can make big changes. Don’t ignore the little hints around you. Still, you may not have had the whole experience of digging deeper into something you love, so here is my boyfriend’s story.
Starting from Freshman year, I am not sure how many times this kid has changed what he wanted to be. He went from archeology to teaching. Through the assistance of a teacher and a capstone project, teaching turned into physical therapy. He went from there to wanting to be a civil engineer, and he enrolled to KSU with a major of Civil Engineering. He still wasn’t sure of what he wanted to be, but he knew he wanted to work with his hands and avoid computers. He also loved to learn how thing work, and he loved Calculus of all things.
Using that information, I figured he would be happier as a technician. While technicians are typically paid less, they are also usually the ones carrying out a project whereas an engineer normally oversees the project. However, I wasn’t just going to tell him that he should change his major. Even as his girlfriend, that isn’t my place. Instead, I sat down with him and my laptop saying I was going to show him some stuff for orientation. He learned “stuff for orientation” was a list of engineering majors. I made a list with three boxes next to each major. The first box was to check off if he liked the synopsis of the class. The second was to check off if he still liked the job after looking at the bureau of labor statistics database. The third was to check off the classes. After going through the list, he discovered he was more interested in being a Mechanical Engineering Technology major (I didn’t say a word about being a technician!). I asked him if he was a little more secure in his major choice than before, and his response was that he was.
My point here is: Accept help, and research what a job with your degree would be like. Something as small as the work environment could change your mind. (Job outlook is also a good thing to look at.)
Choosing a major doesn’t have to be a big ordeal. Just start thinking about your interests and go from there. If you need advice, get it! Don’t shut people out because “They don’t know what I want to do with my life.” There are people there for you. If no one in your personal life can help, there are still people at KSU that were hired to help you through these things. It is also normal if what you want to be changes. Don’t fret; talk to your advisors about what you can do.
By: Hannah Adams