Don’t Have a Major? Don’t Panic!

Hey hey hey!

It’s only week number three of the semester, and it already feels like we have been back at school for months since everything is now in full swing and classes are piling on homework and exams like no other. A very important way to make it through these demanding semesters is to make sure you are in courses that you love and are passionate about. Now granted, here at Muskingum we have to take so many LAE’s before we can graduate and those are not always the most fun, but when it comes to your main educational courses here (or anywhere for that matter) you should be thoroughly enjoying what you are doing.

Now that spring is just around the corner and a lot of you are probably receiving those lovely acceptance letters and making your final decision on where you would like to officially attend in the Fall, a topic that scares most incoming freshman is what they are going to major in. So if you are feeling this way…YOU ARE NOT ALONE! 🙂

But hear me when I say this: DO NOT PANIC!
You really have plenty of time to figure this out.

I have changed my major at least four or five times since I have stepped foot on this campus four years ago, and it has taken a lot of time thinking and experimenting with different occupations until I finally decided what it was I was passionate about and wanted to do for a living.

The great thing about a school like Muskingum is that even though the Liberal Arts classes we have to take for credits toward graduation seem pointless and monotonous at times, they can really be of help for students who aren’t quite sure what they are really passionate about. If it wasn’t for taking an introductory psychology course my freshman year to fulfill one of the LAE categories, I would never have discovered how passionate and intrigued by psychology I am.

My advice to all high school seniors is this: go to college and experience your first year and see what jumps out at you–more than likely something is going to spark your interest if you do not already have an idea about what it is you might want to do. On the other hand, if you think you have a profession set in stone…remember that this could change. There are students who come in knowing what they want to do from day one and graduate with that same degree, but there are also a large number of students who come to college with one idea for a degree and leave with another.

There are endless possibilities that you are not even aware are out there until you set foot on a college campus as a student and begin exploring all these options for yourself!

Good luck and have a great week!
If you have any questions regarding picking a major or anything at all feel free to email me and I would be more than happy to give you my greatest Muskie advice!

Ashley 🙂
agilbert@muskingum.edu

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