Starting college without a major might seem intimidating, but it’s far more common than people think. Going to college itself is a major accomplishment, and there’s a reason you don’t have to declare a major at freshman orientation. Your four years of college should contain growth, both personal and academic, for the student. If you were to declare a major before you allow yourself the chance to change and grow, you might regret your decision and find yourself trapped in a major that doesn’t suit the person you have become. Going into college without a major gives you the opportunity to explore and find what best suits you.
In order to guide yourself in the right direction so that one day you can find a major that
suits you, my best advice would be to first remember the classes you enjoyed the most in high
school and consider what you liked about these classes. For me, I always enjoyed my English,
history, and film courses the best in high school and I realized that English and film served as
creative outlets, and in English and History I got to hear fascinating stories. For the more
mathematically inclined, perhaps you enjoyed the structure of your math courses or the culture
of language courses -- whatever your niche is, you can use this to help find classes and
programs at your college that will help you decide whether or not pursuing a major in that
decided field suits you.
Shop around, take courses that you find interesting, courses that will challenge you and
courses that you wouldn’t have taken in high school that cover a subject that has always piqued
your interest. In addition to finding classes that help you choose a major, colleges host a variety
of clubs and programs that could aid you in your declaration process. Personally, I joined a
campus music publication because I’ve always enjoyed writing and music, but I have friends
who found programs like robotics or even acapella groups that fill up their schedules. Getting
involved in groups and clubs on campus broaden your perspective of your capabilities and
interests. If you take classes that you enjoy and join groups that interest you, you have
effectively set yourself up to find a major that you won’t feel ‘trapped’ in.