What do I do with my future? What major should I choose? What’s that kid’s name? What did I do this morning? How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?
Making decisions is difficult for many people, and I often struggle with knowing what to do next. Today, I’m going to write to you, my wonderful blogdience, about my major, undecided.
First of all, it’s not uncommon for students to start as “undeclared” at Biola. You are not alone! Here are a few reasons why being undeclared at Biola is a perfectly valid option:
1. Great Counselors/Resources
Students always have the opportunity to talk to academic advisors, professors of certain majors, and other mentors who can speak to you and help you process what you are good at and what you love. Also, every freshman is required to take a “First Year Seminar” class to help you take next steps in regards to your major. My first year seminar class really helped to ease the tension I had with deciding what career to pursue.
2. Knocking out those seemingly pesky GenEd classes
Many students I talk to mention that the difficulty of major courses makes it tough to focus on GenEd courses. Being undeclared has allowed me to mentally invest in these classes a bit more. Introduction to Sociology has shaped and enhanced my perspective on the world, and Introduction to Public Communication has given me tangible practice in writing and giving speeches.
The Bible classes at Biola are phenomenal, and in most cases, you get what you put in. When it comes to classes in general, it’s easy to fall into a funk, especially if you’re reading through biblical genealogies. However, if you’re undeclared, you may be able to focus more on these insightful classes. I’m currently taking Biblical Interpretation & Spiritual Formation, and I’m learning about different genres in the Bible and practicing different spiritual disciplines which has opened my eyes to how profound it is to know God and His Word.
Don’t stress if you don’t know what major to pick. There are plenty of credits to take care of as you consider what field of work you want to go into, and you may even be able to soak up more knowledge in those classes than if you had a chosen major. But don’t take my word for it, apply to Biola and see for yourself. ;)
P.S. You do eventually have to pick a major to graduate (sorry to those who hoped you’d never have to decide).
P.S.S. ...Vlog #3 coming soon...