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THE SJSU MA DIARIES

  • Joshua Reyes

The Struggle Behind Choosing a MAjor


Entering college, I was uncertain about what I wanted to major in; I was very frustrated and lost. I felt like I had no one to go to alleviate this stress. I did not know where to start or who the right person to talk to was. But three months later into college, I found the Career Center and after an appointment with one of the career counselors, she had made me a survey to determine where my strengths and weaknesses are. After taking the test, it turns out my main interest was Advertising, on the Marketing/Communications track.


Originally, going into college I was a Nutritional Science major, which is far from what I'm studying now. Deep inside, I knew I didn’t wanna continue on that path because I don't do well when it comes to Chemistry or anything Biology related. I realized I'm more of a people-person. What I mean by that is, I love love LOVE to communicate with different individuals. I feel like I can take advantage of this attribute in Advertising because it has a lot to do with sending a message across to an audience. I was finally satisfied with my new path, the Marketing/Communications track because I wanted to explore this part of myself more. Networking with different people is something I enjoy and I know whatever professional job I get after college, I would like to continue working with other people.


The best advice I could give someone is to always trust your instincts. Never let your parents or those around you determine your career path in life. Remember that you are your own person, and this is your personal journey. Everyone in the world goes through their own obstacles and mine just so happened to be this one. I am really glad I got to overcome this confusion early in my college career rather than at the end of it. That doesn't mean you should feel bad for yourself if the confusion occurs during your last few years in college; remind yourself that everyone goes at their own pace in life. Never compare your path with anyone else. Everything happens for a reason, so never give up or underestimate yourself.

Overall, I guess I just had trouble figuring out my passion in life. All I needed was a small push and some true guidance. One day, I hope to start my career in Silicon Valley, or Los Angeles. I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to go to one of the best CSU’s, aka San Jose State University because it helped me realize what I want to do in the future.