College is over and I’m starting my new life as an adult.
Which is scary and I’m totally not ready. But it has me thinking about my past decisions and how it would have been amazing to have someone to talk about choosing a college major. Someone that is in the same position as me right now. Lost. Why? Because it would have given me some perspective on the future and what to expect from it.
I have a degree in International Business, but before picking business I thought about being a vet, graphic designer, interior designer, architect, or just skip college to make jewelry! Yes, It was really difficult for me to pick a major. But I had a plan I needed to stick to. The pressure made me give up and I just decide to study what everyone else was choosing.
Things I Wish I Knew Before Choosing A College Major
1. Pick something that makes you happy and enjoy.
This is SO important. I truly regret not thinking about this more. I had an economy class when I was in school. And naïvely I thought that was enough. It wasn’t. Obviously. Not only pick something you are good at, think about if you enjoy it as well. I was really good in PE, but god… I wouldn’t have chosen a major related to sports.
2. Don’t let a future salary pick for you.
I have to admit it was my first motivation to choose business. I thought: I want money after college! I want to travel with that money and I want to buy pretty things with that money. Yeah… At 17 years old, I didn’t have any idea how the world works.
Not because you have major in business will mean you will earn a lot of money. There are hundreds of positions for business-related degrees. But not all of them earn the same money.
3. You can change your major. Plans change.
During my first semester of college, I had this big existential crisis about what I’m doing with my life. I didn’t like the major I chose. And I hated accounting. I thought about changing… but my mom made me rethink the matter and give it a second chance.
Yes, it’s fine to give it a second chance… classes change during the semester and you might find the niche you were looking for. When you do that, hang onto it. I found mine, but because it wasn’t on my plan I let it go.
4. There’s no such thing as being ‘too old’.
I didn’t want to waste two years of starting a major to later change my mind and study something else. I didn’t want to finish college at 25. Which it’s nothing wrong with that. But in my head and for my plan it was a big deal.
5. Don’t let unemployment rates scare you.
At some point they are important. But you need to keep motivated about what are you doing and you will trace your own path. At the end, it will depend 100% on you.
6. Don’t take rankings too seriously.
I remember looking every ranking related to my future major and school. Those made me worry and wonder if I was making the right decision. They are good to get the big picture. But they aren’t a mirror of the future.
7. Not because your parents did it. You have to do it too.
Don’t feel the pressure of what your parents want for you. What’s important is what do you want for yourself. You can listen to them and their advice. But at the end is your decision.
My dad has an import business and I thought I would be great to help him with that. I didn’t plan it that well because now he doesn’t want to hire me hahaha. But that’s a story for another post.
8. Learn how’s actually to work in a certain area.
The internship season began and that’s how I learned how’s like to work for an import company. I didn’t like it so much. And it wasn’t what I was expecting. There were more bad days than good ones and my doubts start to arise.
9. Don’t let the people around you influence you.
If people around you start telling you what to do. Listen half. Just the advice will help you. You don’t have to be 100% sure about your decision but at the end, it’s up to you.
10. Even though it’s an important decision. Your life doesn’t depend on that.
You can change your career all you want. Until you find the place you belong. Some people don’t think like me. But I’m sure we came to this world to do what’s best for us as individuals. That way we can improve as a society. Not because the world says you need a 9 to 5 job, you have to do it. I struggle a lot with mornings and I happen to be more active at nights. I’m still working on building my on own path and find a place where I belong. But I know It’s possible.
11. Write the reasons why are you picking that major.
This is important. You will need them during the years where it’s harder to keep going. That way it will make you remember why you are in that situation and that you will be alright. I wish I had made a list back in the day.
At the end… the most important thing is to be happy.