3 Reasons Why a Freshman Shouldn’t Pick a Major

Welcome to the first official Bee You Monday post… On a Tuesday.  I know, I know.  Honestly, I had every intention of writing this yesterday but I had a dentist appointment and afterwards, I wasn’t feeling as great as I was hoping I’d feel.  Anyways, it doesn’t matter.  What matters is today we are going to be talking about why it’s a horrible idea to pick a major your freshman year of college.  I made the mistake and about 90% of my friends who went to college did as well!  I could list probably a million reasons, but today we’re just going to focus on the 3 most important reasons why freshman SHOULDN’T decide on a major.

  • Uneducated | I know what you’re thinking.  You finished 4 years of high school and walked across a stage receiving your diploma, how could you be uneducated?  Well, I don’t mean it in that sense.  Graduating from high school is definitely something you should be proud of and I’m sure you are pretty damn smart, but something most high schools don’t do is educate their students on career possibilities.  Sure, our teachers may have us dable in quizzes and questionnaires that are supposed to tell us what kind of career we should have, but what good is that?  I suppose they can have some truth to them, but it’s simply not enough.  I was always told I should be a teacher.  Maybe in a sense I’ve made my way to being a “teacher” and I am teaching you, my readers.  But I was just never educated enough on what the possibilities were.  We sort of go into college completely blind sided, having no clue what to expect.  On that note, I wish I spent my first year or two of college undecided.  Perhaps I would have chosen a major that would have led me to where I am today, maybe I wouldn’t have… I’ll never know.  But I do know, deciding right away to major in psychology, then changing my mind after two years, then not being sure, then deciding on photography, then not being sure again, and now having basically 8 years of college education under my belt with no degree to show for it really sucks.
  • Time |  The previous reason leads into this next reason, time.  You DO have plenty of time to decide what it is that you want to do for the rest of your life.  There’s no rule in the book that says you have to know your entire future that first day of college.  I would suggest taking that full first year, maybe even the second year, getting those “core” classes out of the way and trying a few different classes you think you might be interested in.  Don’t stop there, get involved!  There’s usually endless amounts of groups and clubs on campus that you can get involved in.  Have fun, make friends, and do  things you never imagined that you would do.  Sometimes it’s when we live completely outside of our box that we find are true passions.
  • Closed-Minded |  This also sort of goes hand-in-hand with being uneducated.  In our generation, the teachers we typically have are older and do everything the “old-school” way.  I’m not saying ALL teachers do, because I’ve had some awesome ones, but many teachers just simply aren’t aware of the incredible possibilities there are out there career-wise.  Parents can sometimes be the same way.  They only go over the more traditional careers, such as; accountant, social worker, teacher, therapist, nurse, and blah blah blah.  Don’t get me wrong, these career choices are awesome and powerful, but what if I want to be a writer?  A photographer?  A disc jockey?  A radio show host?  A life coach?  A jewelry maker?  A motivational speaker?  An entrepreneur?  Well then, you’re pretty much on your own to figure out that “alternative” career choice.  It’s often times that at 18 we just haven’t had to the chance to discover the possibilities that do exist.  Scratch that.   
Anything is possible.  
It’s often times that at 18 we just haven’t had the chance to discover our passions and dream up our dream career.  But that’s okay!  Because remember, we have time.  Time to explore the endless possibilities.  Time to try something new.  Time to discover you and who you want to be.