We are getting ready for our freshmen orientation programs, and, no matter how hard we try, there will always be that emphasis on declaring a major.
I applaud those students who are brave enough to admit that they don’t have one. Yet.
Isn’t college supposed to be a place of discovery where you can ignite passions you did not know you had?
The problem with many people — parents and freshmen alike as well as so many others — is that they equate majors with jobs. That may be true in a few technical areas, but for the most part, majors = skills and SKILLS = jobs. Majors (often) do not equal jobs.
And skills can be learned in a variety of venues, including classrooms, but certainly outside of them too: teamwork on an athletic field; discipline in a choir room; budgeting in a student programming office; time management in a research lab and professionalism in a on-campus job site. And certainly the skills learned through the liberal arts can take you far — in any career.
So to all those college freshmen out there getting ready to sign up for your first semester of classes: don’t worry about not knowing your major. Own it, and soak in all you can with a smorgasbord of courses to find what you savor the most.