Hey Hey Hey Anteaters!!! It’s the first blog of the new quarter!!! Spring time is finally here!!! Wow, I cannot believe this is my last quarter here as a freshman. Let me make this quarter a memorable one. As for you all, how is everybody doing?!? Excited and ready for college? Well you should be because it is going to be one of the best times of your life. This week I’ll be talking to you all about one of the most important decisions upon coming to college: CHOOSING YOUR MAJOR.
As you all already know, I came here as an undecided/undeclared freshman which is why I was able to become one of the Zot Bloggers in the first place. So far this year I’ve been stressing about business administration, which is the major I planned to get into since the beginning of fall quarter. It is one of the most competitive majors here on this campus so at times I will doubt myself. My plans are changing though because I am now considering business economics in case I do not get accepted into the Paul Merage School of Business. It is important to always have a backup plan.
After being here for two quarters now, I can definitely say that the earlier you know what you want to do, the easier the college process will be for you. Having declared a major allows you to get priority when enrolling for major restricted classes. Also, it allows you to be mentally relaxed because you already know what route you will take in pursuing your future career. I advise each and every one of you to start thinking about your interests and what you are passionate about. This summer go out there and take a class in the field of your interests, get an internship, do whatever it takes to figure out if your desired major is actually fit for you.
My advice for going undecided/undeclared is if you are actually curious in other fields of major. But let me tell you that as much as you think you will be able to explore all of the majors, you won’t. Exploring is only up to a certain extent and for the most part that can be done by flipping through course books in the library. While you are here at UCI you need to fulfill G.E. (general education) requirements and you won’t have that much time to try and take different classes to see which subject you like. Reality is that most courses will be filled up and being a freshman, you are last in priority.
All in all, be honest with yourself and do not go into a major just to satisfy other people’s wants whether it is your parents, friends, etc. Major in what you truly find fascinating and passionate about because in the end that will govern your success here academically, emotionally, and mentally. With that being said I am not saying that it is a decision you want to rush. After all, I am still on the same path trying to figure out what I want to do in life. Choosing the wrong major in college is not the end of the world, but it surely will impact your future greatly. That is why I emphasize to start thinking now; it is something you definitely want to be sure of when you are actually on this campus.
Have a great week everyone! Pick some flowers for a loved one, they are all blossoming. Happy Easter!!!!