What's Your Major? Choose Something That Makes You Happy

Posted by Edwin Muma on February 3, 2014 at 2:32 PM

I overheard a student on campus say that he has changed his major three times and his minor twice, and it is only his second semester as a freshman! That is a lot of majors to go through within your first year of college, but as you can see, it does happen.

Truth is, not very many people know exactly what they want to do when they arrive on campus as freshmen. It's safe to say that most students come to universities and colleges without a major in mind and remain indecisive until they get something that they want to do. At the same time, some also come in knowing what they want to do and where they want to go with their studies, but later on change their major into something they feel would be better for them.

Once upon a time I wanted to be a carpenter...

This is what I am going through now. I went to a vocational high school where we had different trades you could choose to be in. As a freshmen in high school, I chose to be part of the carpentry trade along with my close friends and because I was interested in the kind of stuff we were doing. We learned how to build all sorts of furniture and cabinets during freshmen and sophomore year. When junior year came, we had to alternate between academic classes and shop classes.

My junior and senior year is the reason why I wanted to major in construction technology management. We got to work on a house and learn how to do carpentry work and finish work. We learned how to properly and securely frame and build a house from the foundation and that is the kind of thing I liked while I was in high school. It was such a fun experience; my teachers that taught the classes, learning how to construct furniture and houses with my classmates. I had fun learning and I came into Fitchburg State with that mindset. 

Now I'm thinking about majoring in Human Services

It is now the second semester of my sophomore year and I think I may want to change my major. I think that human services is a field that I would be great in. Since middle school, I've been involved with TRIO programs of many kinds and they have helped me become the person I am today. For those of you who don't know, a TRIO program is a program that seeks to help those who come from a low income household, those who suffer from a disability or are first generation college-students. They help students stay focused and excel in their academics.

I like to think that I am good with people and that being involved in these programs has helped me with that. It has opened many doors for me and now I even work as a Peer Mentor for a TRIO program. I was also a Resident Assistant over the summer for a TRIO program and now I just recently became a Resident Assistant on campus. I like helping people and I'm a people person. With this in mind, I think that changing my major into human services will benefit me later on.

If you're someone who is thinking of, or has decided to change their major into something that you feel would be better for you or will benefit you later, you should go for it. Becuase at the end of the day, it's your life and you do what makes you happy. 

What's your major and why did you choose it?