Guest Blog: Unsure of Your Major and the New Semester Has Started? Don’t Panic!

–Written by Cher Yazvac–

Maybe last semester wasn’t your best and you’re questioning whether you are in the “right” major.  Feeling confused about direction isn’t fun at any time, but when the semester is starting and you must be enrolled in 12 credits or more, it can be really frustrating.  Here are a few suggestions for getting started with the new semester and also getting on the path to a major that’s a good fit for you.

Make an appointment with a career counselor at the Center for Career Opportunities.  The counselor can help you with immediate decisions about this semester and also help you make a plan for choosing your major.  Forcing yourself to make a final decision about your major within a few days can backfire and you can be in the same boat six months from now.  Not good!

Pay attention to your interests!  Almost everyone wants to participate in work they like.  Do something to pursue an interest — take a course, join an organization, volunteer, get a part-time job, etc.  Don’t postpone doing SOMETHING related to one of your top interests!  If unsure of your interests, see a career counselor to take an interest assessment.

Consider taking an exploratory semester by choosing a few courses that will apply to several majors and by trying a couple of courses to explore areas of interest.

Boosting your GPA is a good goal regardless of your final decision about major.  Register for a reasonable number of credits, consider retaking a course, and consider taking courses in which you’ll do well.

Look at the list of Purdue majors and make a brainstorm list of majors that appeal to you.  Look at the plans of study to check for courses in which you might enroll.

Talk to your academic advisor about what you’re thinking.  Advisors are often knowledgeable about majors, courses, and options that exist at Purdue and may have a great suggestion.

DO SOMETHING!  Theodore Roosevelt said “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is NOTHING.”  This crisis may be your greatest opportunity!

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