Students entering college as an undeclared major should have a plan. They can take general education classes until they decide on their major of choice.
General education classes are one way to explore options in terms of possible majors, especially if a student has trouble deciding. Electives are a way to explore a variety of majors while still earning some units.
“I think students should take their G.E.’s first so that they can get a feel of what major would be the best fit for them,” said student Joe Castro.
Undergraduates should have a plan or at least an outline of what they would like to major in, so that they can maximize their potential while in school.
A career plan and a road map for their major or desired major can be a tool that can assist them when it comes to deciding what major is the right fit for them.
Students can choose to receive help from advisers on campus, rather than decide on what would make their parents happy.
“Some parents put too much pressure on their kids to major in something that they expect them to accept just because they told them they should do it,” said student Aaron Zavala.
Basic courses without a career plan may not help them in making a decision which will lead to them wasting time in unnecessary classes.
While students may not have their major declared their first year in college, they should have their major declared by their second year.
Students shouldn’t spend too much time taking random classes trying to find themselves because they may waste a lot of time and money in the process.
“It feels like I wasted so much time doing homework and studying for random classes that I did not even use for the major that I decided on,” said fourth year student, Erica Nelson.
I think that coming into college as undeclared will give students a chance to discover what they really want to do in life.
However, they will have to make sure they do not spend too much time discovering their passion. Come to college with some sense of direction.
Do not panic if you are currently an undeclared undergraduate. All hope is not lost because you have not made a decision yet.
Professors and advisers would be more than happy to help you figure out the right path to take.
Keep in mind that loans will creep up on students and may pile up the longer they stay in school.
Make sure that you are not in school longer then needed. Financial aid may be spent on random books and materials but they can also help you on your path to finding your major.
A college education is one of the best investments that we will make in our lifetime. Students should not be afraid to declare a major but if you take longer then others don’t worry because everyone one moves at different speeds.