Recess!

In this Thursday feature, we will suggest a topic or question and ask you to submit a short essay, say, about 200-400 words about that subject that provides thoughtful advice to your classmates based on your experience.

Here are the rules:

1. Post your submission to the comment section below.

2. Submissions will be be open for 3 days.

The winning submission’s author will:

3. Receive a Cappex cap

4. Be featured on our blog as a guest blogger as well as our Facebook page.

 See last week’s winners’ guest feature: 

3 Students Give Their Advice on Campus Visits – yes, there were multiple winners last week!

We know you all have amazing things to say and share with your peers. So here’s your chance.

Today’s topic:

Choosing a major

What is the best way to go about choosing a major? What are the do’s and don’ts when it comes to declaring a major? How important is a college major? What does your major mean or eventually mean to you?

We’re excited to hear what you have to say!

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  1. Margaret Rojahn says:

    The most important thing about choosing a major is that you pick something you enjoy. I originally applied to Susquehanna University with a Creative Writing/ Secondary Education major. Before classes began, I was talking about all the classes you have to take as Education and realized I was already dreading every single education class I had to take. The thought of student teaching made me want to throw up. And I realized- I was an Education major because I was afraid to major in Creative Writing and Theater, the two things I really wanted to do with my life. I thought I’d never get a job in Theater, and writing would be on the side no matter what I’d do. But they are the things that make me happy. So I added Theater and am in the process of dropping Education. That’s something important to remember- don’t be afraid to change your major. The paperwork here is a little overwhelming- a bunch of education professors I’ve never met have to sign my form- but it’s worth it in the end.
    Also, don’t forget to take all the classes offered in your major, feel it out. I take Fiction, poetry and Nonfiction courses, even though I plan to write nonfiction memoirs after school is over. But it’s important to understand all three. I also take production classes for Theater, although I’m a performance emphasis major. A part of your major might not be what you expected. I found out I’m great at managing the House in Theater- seating, tickets, and customer service during shows. I found out I love that almost as much as acting. I’ve even applied to internships specifically for more house management training.
    Most importantly, don’t think that your major is the end-all. Getting a job after school is about your resume, and your major will help you find the skills for your resume. People skills, technology, and, special abilities like knowledge of languages can get you really far in any profession, and they are learned from many different majors. People can get jobs in many different fields than what they majored in. My dad started college with a major in Marine Biology, and he finished with a degree in sociology. He worked in advertising for a while, but found his career and passion. He’s a professional magician.
    Your major won’t define you. It’s just a tool, to help you find your way to the career you’ll love.

  2. The “aha” moment happened for me in my high school ceramics class. I was doing something I loved (creating art!) since I was very young and I was helping others in my class. Many times I would hear “you should become a teacher.” I had never thought of that before, but I decided that I would combine something I loved – Art and Ceramics with teaching. The best way to choose a major is to pick something you are interested in and can see yourself actually doing after school. However I would be open to new experiences and finding new interests and passions while you are in school. The purpose of a college education is really to become a well rounded person who is able to contribute their skills and talents to society after graduation. Many times the particular major will help but won’t necessarily be exactly what you do in your life – but so many skills will be transferable that I know whatever I do, getting a good education which I am passionate about will help me be successful later.

  3. Samira says:

    Choosing a Major

    What is the best way to go about choosing a major? What are the do’s and don’ts when it comes to declaring a major? How important is a college major? What does your major mean or eventually mean to you?

    I always thought that I’d end up choosing to pursue a degree in math or engineering because I was always the girl who fixed things when they were broken, the girl who got perfect scores on calculus tests, and the girl who knew everything about computers. I was almost set on indicating my major as computer science on my college applications, but with only experience in simple web coding in HTML and CSS, I knew that I had to learn some actual computing languages before committing to the major (even though an estimated 75% of college students change their major at least once). I went to Barnes and Nobles and picked up an Idiot’s guide to Java, and sat at the coffee shop there to read it. Unshockingly, I couldn’t keep my eyes open or my brain focused after the fifth page. That stuff is complex, no wonder software engineers get paid so much. That’s when I said to myself, “You know what? Maybe this computer science stuff isn’t right for me.”

    Business was a major that I somehow always overlooked. When I heard of a business major, I thought to myself, “Oh, now there’s something that might work.” I took multiple personality tests, of all which suggested business as a potential major and career for me. I possessed all the characteristics of a potential business leader in and out of the classroom. I even unknowlingly started my own graphic design when I was eleven years old. This fall, I’ll be entering USC as a business administration major at the top-ranked Marshall School of Business. I’m so excited to use the skills I’m going to learn and apply them in projects, and eventually, in my career. Business administration will allow me to be the best me I can be (as cheesy as that sounds).

    All in all, choosing the right major for you takes time – a lot of it. Your specific major isn’t as important as the skills you have to offer to an employer, but chances are that the courses in the major are what teach you those wanted skills. There will be curves on the road to electing the right path in college, but in the end, the road will straighten out.

  4. Tyler Worden says:

    Many people tell you to choose a major that you enjoy. That should be obvious enough. But the problem is many college students don’t realize that what they like and what will offer them the most rewarding future don’t often go hand-in-hand. When you decide to choose a major, you should focus on selecting a major that you find exciting as well as a major that will open up job opportunities. If you are wildly passionate about sports, look into sports administration instead of sports marketing. If you love to read and write, look into journalism instead of literature. While college is all about fun, it’s also about making yourself marketable for potential job interviewers, so find try to find that perfect balance between what you are passionate about and what looks best for the future.

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