“What’s Your Major?” Part 2
With spring registration just around the corner, I’ve been thinking a lot about what I’m going to be doing with my life after I graduate. While it’s still a ways away, it’s a daunting thought. Growing up is proving to be a hard task for me–I’m constantly forgetting where I put things, I spend my nights building forts in Brown’s staff room, and I experience at LEAST one mini breakdown when things don’t go my way. I’m constantly asking myself “What am I going to do when I don’t have the structure of class to keep me going?”
No one is a wholehearted fan of change, but most people accept it. Something that I’ve recently had to accept was the realization that Social Work is not my calling. This also means a lot of things are going to change for me: my intended major, my career path, even my circle of connections is going to change. It’s an extremely scary thought–I had all these big plans for myself to go to grad school and get my Masters in Social Work, to work in the mental health field, to do all these things that would change the world.
What I didn’t think of was how happy I was going to be doing it. Don’t get me wrong–Social Work is an extremely rewarding carer path and it makes millions of people’s lives better every single day…but it just isn’t for me anymore. I’ve found that my strengths lie elsewhere–Multimedia Journalism and Communications to be exact–and I couldn’t be more comfortable and at ease with my decision.
Communications has always been something I’ve kept in the back of my mind, but I didn’t want to immediately default to Comm because I wanted to test my feet in other waters. Honestly, I’m glad I did–I’m taking my first Communications class this semester, and I’ve already fallen in love with it. Because I took classes in other areas, I know that I’m making the right choice because I just feel that much more comfortable with where I’m going. After speaking with my advisor about my other interests in Art and Writing, he suggested that I look into Multimedia Journalism, which takes
aspects from each field and made it into one. It was a no brainer–I would of course decide to major in both! And the nice thing about it is that Communications and Multimedia Journalism actually coincide very well together scheduling wise.
Growing up is hard. Deciding what I want to do with my life is that much harder. But I know that all these changes are going to eventually lead me to where I belong and where I’m going to excel. I’ll still be changing the world in my own little way, and I still hope to someday go to grad school. I just have to take it one day at a time. Knowing what I want major in (not necessarily what I want to do with it) makes the question “What’s your major?” less frightening. I don’t really think it should frighten anyone, really. It’s okay not to know what you want to do with your life. It just means you’re making sure you know what will make you happy.