By: Jillian '15
Choosing a major is a difficult decision. We spend most of our waking life working, so there are a lot of pressures that ride on the choice you make, such as how much education you’ll need, how much money you can expect to make, how in love with the work you will be, and how satisfied your parents will be with your choice. That’s a lot to think about, so let’s make it a little bit more simple by focusing on the most important aspect of that decision-making process: how in love with the work you will be. That’s right. How passionate you are about what you’ll be doing. Your best decision won't come from pleasing your parents or following the money. The best way to make a decision you won’t regret is to choose a career in something that you truly love, and here are 3 reasons why:
1. You have to live with your career choice, not your parents. There are so many parents who want to choose what major you pursue because they care about your future, but often times they choose majors that you aren’t thrilled about. Think about it this way: if you pursue the major your parents want for you, they'll be happy for now which will make you happy for now, but when you are not happy in your future career, they won’t be happy either. Ultimately they want what’s best for you and what will bring you the happiest, best life, so do your best to convince them that you can achieve life that by pursuing a major that you love right now.
2. If you do what you love, the money will follow. Let’s be practical, if you’re going to pursue a private university education, you want to make sure that you're going to make enough money to pay off loans and debts and to live comfortably after you graduate. A career that’s considered more lucrative may give you that initially and, understandably, that can be enticing. With a career you love you may not have a six-figure salary, but if you love the work, you’ll be more inclined to work more hours and work through obstacles that stand between you and a promotion or job advancement: all of which lead to more money!
3. Classes will be fun, grades will be great, and the college experience will be well worth the money! Taking classes in a major you love leads to more success in and out of the classroom. When you love the subject, you’ll be more engaged in class and ultimately get more educational value out of it. Homework won’t seem as hard and tedious, and your grades will reflect the interest you have in it. You’ll be exponentially happier both inside the classroom and outside, which will leave you loving your entire college-experience that much more.
There is no greater feeling than pursuing a career field you love and getting excited about the opportunities that will come in your future. It’s important to keep these 3 reasons in the back of your mind and prioritize your values when making this difficult decision. Parents may seem tough to convince now, but eventually they will understand and your happiness will mean much more to them than any salary figure or job title. Also, remember that the Advising Center is always here to help you through this process and assist you in exploring career options, so stop by and make an appointment!