Let’s talk about something that is obviously a huge part of college, and pretty much the reason you are going to school… your major!
Brace yourself folks, the number one question you will be asked while you are in college is what your major is or what you’re studying.Your major is such a huge part of your Biola journey, and choosing the right one for you can seem like such a daunting task.
But don’t worry, it’s ok to not know what you want to do with your life! That’s the beauty of college. Biola offers so many opportunities and resources to explore what you are passionate about, and have people who can help you figure out what the right fit for you is.
Changing your major is also very common in college. Even I have changed my major a few times here and there throughout the past couple of years.
Before I came to Biola, I was positive that I was going to study to become an elementary school teacher. That’s what felt right, and I figured I could be pretty good at it. Elementary education is initially what I declared when I was applying to Biola.
However, the summer before I started school, I had an epiphany that I wanted to do something along the video production side of careers, so I decided I wanted to change my major to film. I know, it’s pretty much a complete 180 from where I began in wanting to be a teacher, but I felt very led by the Lord to put my trust in him completely and make this decision.
In order to be in the film program, you have to apply! I had already missed the deadline to apply before I was scheduled to start my freshman year, so I figured I would come into Biola undeclared, and get a lot of my general education classes out of the way before I applied for the program for the next year.
A year later, I submitted my film application, and got in! This was such a wonderful relief, since I basically spent my entire freshman year waiting to hear if I was going to be able to continue my career at Biola. I began taking film classes during the fall of my sophomore year. However, I quickly realized that it was not necessarily for me. Don’t get me wrong, the film program here is beyond wonderful, and you learn so much from the professors. I just realized that I did not want to make movies, and that was ok.
After a lot of prayer, and many heart to heart talks with my friends, I changed my major to journalism during the spring of my sophomore year. This took a lot of courage for me, because I was so positive that God was calling me to study film. To have that reality shattered in only a couple of months was not my favorite thing to go through. However, I realized that God was just narrowing down what he wanted me to pursue, and film was just one step closer to finding the major that's right for me.
Everybody’s journey at Biola is different, so it is impossible to compare your story with others. That was something that I learned the hard way. It’s ok to not know what you want to major in, or do with your life. College is one of the most formative times of your life, so it’s expected that you will change as a person. It’s also ok to have a plan, and to be confident in that. I have many friends that have stuck with the same major, with absolutely zero doubt in if they were studying the right thing. My biggest piece of advice to any college student is to be open to what the Lord is doing in all aspects of your life, especially in deciding what to major in. He has a plan for you, and this college journey is only a small part of the rest of your life. Regardless of where you are called, God is going to work in you in incredible ways, and He will be glorified through it all.