Can I major in excitement?

When you’re torn between finding your passion and following a reasonable path, our elder says, “Relax!” No need to make a hasty career decision when declaring your major.

Dear EWC:

Hi, I am a senior in high school and was wondering if you could give me some advice. I just finished applying to all my colleges and am having a hard time deciding what I want to major in. My mom wants me to become a teacher and while it does sound interesting to me, it doesn’t excite me. Should what I major in excite me? Or should I just pick a reasonable career whether or not it’s exciting to me?

Hedwig replies:

The good thing is that you do not have to make a final decision right this moment. During the first two years of most college programs you will be taking basic courses that would apply to many majors. You will be laying the groundwork for many possible careers. This is the time for you to investigate. See what you like and what would make you happy. Remember, nothing is written in stone; you are free to change your mind. You can take an aptitude test to examine your interests.
My daughter, who wanted to be a veterinarian, became a psychiatrist. Her husband, who wanted to be a pharmacist, became a veterinarian. Their daughter, who wanted to be a chef, graduated as a chef and then went back to school to become a second-grade elementary school teacher. And I could go on and on with family and friends who started on one road and then shifted to another. In addition, many people have more than one career in a lifetime.

Consider even the number of choices if you do become a teacher: What age level, what subject? There’s a whole world of possibilities. This is a great decision to make. Have fun with it. You are not locked into anything. Relax, and enjoy the adventure.

Letter #: 450197
Category: Career

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