So you’re exploring college destinations, and you’re talking to friends and family about where you might go and what you might do. Let us guess, you’ve already been asked at least a dozen times, “What is your major going to be?” And by the time you choose a college and get to campus in the fall, that number will likely soar much higher.
It’s a totally normal question to ask. Your friends and family care about you and are interested in your plans. It is also totally normal to have no idea what you want to pursue as your major. In your college search, you’ll hear this referred to as being “undecided,” and being undecided is great! In today’s blog post, we’ll go over why being undecided is not only okay but can even be a benefit on your college journey.
It may seem like your friends know exactly what they want to do and what their major will be when they get to college. However, in 2018, the National Center of Education Statistics reported that more than one in three students changed their major at least once within three years of enrollment. Even though you’re an adult and off to college, you’re still young. You will grow and change in the coming years in ways you probably haven’t imagined.
Most general education programs are designed to help you explore multiple academic areas. Use these early semesters in college and this array of topics to explore new areas and test some of your interests. Meet faculty and talk about the subjects you find interesting and possible careers. By staying open-minded, you might find your passion in something you never imagined.
Without a major, there is less pressure to make something work that just doesn’t. As a successful student, when you put your mind to something, you’re likely to work hard and stay after it. That’s a great quality to have, but if you’re in the wrong major, you can feel pressure to stick it out even when you do not enjoy that major as you thought you might. If you’re undecided, you free yourself from that potential pressure.
Employers are looking for certain skills, regardless of major. The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has identified eight competencies that prepare college graduates for a successful transition into the workplace, such as critical thinking, leadership, global fluency, and more. These skills highlight the value of liberal arts education at Meredith. We refer to these as 21st-century skills, and you’ll gain them through interdisciplinary work in your general education requirements and again woven throughout whichever major you choose.
You’re not alone in the process of deciding on a major. Meredith offers many resources to help you along the way. The Office of Academic Advising, the Office of Career Planning, Success Coaches, StrongPoints® staff, your faculty, and others are here to answer questions, work on resumes, find internships, and guide you toward a major that truly suits you.