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THE SJSU MA DIARIES

  • Allison P

WHAT IS YOUR MAJOR?

A simple, yet complicated question each individual faces when transitioning from high school to college. For some, answering this question comes with great ease, but for others, including myself, the thought of making this life decision causes the body to leak profusely of perspiration as the blood begins to boil on HIGH stress.



Luckily for us indecisive individuals, the college system has helped diminish this level of stress by providing the small checkbox on college applications, titled “undeclared,” allowing us to surpass this question. #bless Although this may buy you a little bit of extra time to kick start college, soon enough you will need to take the initiative to transition from undeclared to declared. To help ease this process, check out the tips below that will help in choosing the perfect major for you.


1. Know Your Passions


Speaking from personal experience, I enrolled into Las Positas Junior College, located in Livermore, CA, undecided between becoming a veterinarian and business marketer. As a little girl, rather than going on play dates with friends, I would spend my time on Microsoft Publisher creating business cards for the fashion company I intended to have. As I grew older, I realized that I was trying to market myself. On the opposite side of the spectrum, I would spend my whole childhood saving animals, whether it be pigeons, kittens, or dogs. I did both of these things because I was passionate about them. Although business marketing and veterinarian are two complete polar opposites, at least I was able to narrow down what I enjoyed doing.

Applying this to yourself, take the time to sit down and really think about what gets your endorphins going in your body. If you are having a conversation with someone about a specific topic, such as sports, cars, music, or community service, make note of the change in your demeanor. If something excites you, it most likely is a passion of yours.




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