Did You Choose The Right Major During College?

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I have been thinking about this a lot lately. I am second guessing everything that I have done over the last 4 years – the classes I have taken, the professors I had, the activities I was apart of, everything.

It comes down to this one reason – did I decide on the right major? More and more I wonder if going the “business degree route” was the right decision. Now, don’t get me wrong – I love business and am happy that I did it. However, I am wondering if it I should have tried to do something else as well.

I know I have had a lot of great experiences related to everything I did in college and am extremely grateful for them; however, I wonder…could I have done more? Should I have done more? Damn it…I hate when this happens. I hate second guessing decisions especially when they have been over for a while or when they cost a lot of money, like a college education. A lot of students switch majors in the middle of school or even during their last year, but I knew I couldn’t do that.

Anyone else feel like that? I’m curious how many other people second guess the position that they are in right now in their life – right after you have graduated from college and right before you start “the real world”. I am in the awkward position of not knowing what I really want to do and wondering if what I am going to start doing is what I want to do at all.

Sorry for the rant! Just trying to think about it out loud!

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5 Responses to Did You Choose The Right Major During College?

  1. jrandom42 June 2, 2008 at 11:25 am #

    Sure as heck did choose the right major! Computer Science rocked for me and not only did I enjoy it, but I have worked at jobs I’ve enjoyed, used and expanded on my education, used my knowledge, skills and experience to support local nonprofits, and have made quite a comfortable living at the same time. I don’t believe it gets any better than this.

  2. Ellis Benus June 2, 2008 at 5:08 pm #

    After graduating with a Speech Communication degree with minors in Management and History, I finally came to the realization that my major mattered far less than what I gained from school.

    The Speech Communication classes molded me into who I am today. The tests, concepts, definitions and more that made up the classes did not last long past each exam, but the life lessons from the experience and the people are forever.

    Don’t worry about your degree as much as who you are. I know that sounds ridiculous and uber-clieche, but the degree is really just a tag to get you in a door. It’s you that makes up the rest.

    With my speech comm. degree I’ve held several Technology Related jobs. Plus, it’s always fun to explain to interviewers how public speaking makes me good at web designer. 🙂

  3. Kirsty June 5, 2008 at 12:51 pm #

    Hey there, nice site you have here!

    I graduated with a business degree in 2001 and haven’t really used it since. I didn’t really like my course and taking business led to a major decision – I don’t even want to work selling widgets or things to people that they don’t need.

    I guess I’m an entrepreneur and you could say that that’s related to my degree but I really don’t remember anything I learned in school. Plus I think if you’re an entrepreneur, doing is more important than studying how to do.

    Thinking back, I should have gone to art school and developed an actual skill. I’m happy I have a university degree but wish I would have spent all that time and money doing something I was more passionate about.

  4. Bobby June 12, 2008 at 4:55 pm #

    Chris, I definitely feel you on that one. I felt the same way after graduation, especially after my promotion to a corporate systems analyst. What I have gained from it though is that it really isn’t the degree that prepares you for what is ahead of you – it is your mindset, willingness to focus on what is going on around you, and how you will react to better the situation. It’s sort of fight or flight, to play on one of our old general education courses 😉


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