5 Things to Remember When You Are Doubting Your Major

5 Things to Remember When You Are Doubting Your Major

As someone who started out college completely undecided as to what major I wanted to pursue, choosing a major has been difficult. It’s important to figure out your natural skills as well as what gives you pleasure to do. Throughout the major decision process, it is common that people may try to sway you to another major. Here are five things to think about when you begin to doubt your major.

1. Only you know what’s best for you.

Of course family members and friends are just trying to be helpful with major and career suggestions. However, in the end only you really know what you want to study.

2. It’s okay to pursue a career that does not necessarily make a lot of money.

With today’s economy, it is reasonable to want to choose a major and career that typically has a high salary. And that’s okay. It is also okay to want to study a major that usually has a lower salary, as long as you are interested in it. Sometimes your major will be both, which is great. It is easier said then done, but try not to let money be a deciding factor when choosing your major. Never doubt your major just because of salary statistics.

3. Everyone has different skills.

You can’t be good at everything. Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses, and therefore not everyone can have the most reputable and highest paying job. Once you can accept this fact, it’s easy to choose a major that you genuinely love to study.

4. It’s better to love your job than to be miserable.

This may be obvious and I am sure you have heard it plenty of times but it truly is important that you love what you do, since it is going to be a big part of your future. Choosing a major now that you genuinely like will allow you to pursue a career that you enjoy.

5. Life is so short; you might as well spend it doing what you love.

Rumi, a 13th century Persian poet, said it best: “Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.”

Be proud of your major, collegiettes!