Choosing the Right Major, or the Wrong One

When I started here as a freshman, I went to orientation having no idea what I wanted to study or what I wanted my career to be. IU sends the book of classes offered (which is very confusing to someone who has not navigated it before) home once a student is signed up for Freshman Orientation. When this was sent to me, I had to pick one class from each of the sections (A&H, N&M, S&H) and then just some that I thought I would like. What is not told to students is that if you are undecided on your major and you have AP credits from high school, you have a lot of freedom in what you can choose for classes. Essentially, I came in to the school having all of my prerequisites completed so I could have taken up to six random, unrelated classes to try to figure out what I wanted to do. I didn’t do this however; I asked myself what am I good at? What do I enjoy? The answer for me was writing and without much further thought, I chose English as my major. The problem was that I thought about my major without thinking about my career options. This makes it hard to know what career to choose because I am qualified but limited because of my major choice. So think about the career part, then choose a major that compliments it.

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