Choosing a College Major?!

The blackboard in this image represents my life when trying to narrow down my college major, so many options!! Choosing a college major and sticking with it has been one of my biggest challenges. I've never felt so indecisive and unsure about narrowing down a major.

As high school came to an end, I was 110% sure that fashion was the route that I'd go. Whether it be Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, Apparel and Textiles, or Business Management, I knew whatever I chose to do would be geared towards a career in fashion. After all, fashion has always been my passion.

When I began college, I decided to major in Business Management. I spent time listening to people's advice and watching what my peers were majoring in. When people majoring and graduating with degrees in all kinds of things told me about their struggles to find a job after graduation, I got scared. I didn't want to go to college for 4 years, only to struggle finding a good career to settle into.

 Two semesters later, I was sitting in the School of Nursing office, changing my major to Pre-Nursing. As the counselor looked over my transcripts, he pointed out that math and science hadn't been my strong point. He advised I consider a different major. Blatantly put, he told me I wasn't smart enough to get into their School or Nursing based on my "B" average grades. Nothin fuels a persons fire more than being told they can't, and from your academic advisor at that. Isn't their job to encourage and support you with your academic and career goals?

From that point forward, I declared myself a nursing major. I took all my nursing pre-req's and got my CNA license. As it came time to start looking for a nursing program to apply too, I started questioning if nursing was the career path for me. I loved helping and caring for people, but I was missing that creative outlet that fashion gave me. I once again decided to change my mind. After all, you should follow your heart and do what you truly love right? If you do what you love, you'll never work a day in you life, or so the saying goes.

From Business Management to Nursing, I changed my major a third time to Marketing. After doing more research, I felt like marketing was more specific than business management, but still broad enough to open up multiple doors if a career in Fashion Merchandising wasn't the career I'd imagined it to be. Marketing applied to my future career goals. What are those goals, you may ask? I'd like to get into retail buying, planning, or distribution. I know a marketing degree can open a lot of doors, so I'm open minded in discovering the unknown and trying something outside of fashion if that's where it takes me.

For now, I think I'm safe in believing I'm on the right path towards following my passion. People ask me all the time, "How do I know what I should major in?", my response, "Goodluck and have fun figuring it out, if you haven't already". People say that's what college is about, finding yourself and deciding what it is you want to do with the rest of your life. For planners like me, there's days where I desperately wish a career fairy floated down from the clouds and gave me all the answers I was searching for and said "Look, go that way! Do that major!".

Choosing a major when unsure what it is you want to do, is not easy when you have no experience or knowledge of where these degrees will take you. Choosing a college major has been one of the hardest challenges I've faced over the last few years. I'm a girl who likes options, and choosing only one major, when there's so many I feel like I could be good at, is scary! I guess we all have a fear of failure, but if I don't start somewhere, I'm going to be 30 and still in college. The best advice people close to me gave me, follow your heart and do what you love. If your gut't saying this is what I want to do, but eh, I'm not sure, follow your heart and do it. It's always better to say you lived and learned, rather than being afraid to learn if it was the right choice for you or not.

What did you major in? How many times did you change your college major, any regrets or wishes?

P.S- A month later, I found out my school offers a Bachelors in Fashion Merchandising and Apparel Design…ughhhhh, decisions decisions. Where are you when I need you career fairy??

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