Confessions of a Serial Major Changer

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Fact: I have no idea what I'm doing. 

When I was in high school, I thought that I would have my life together by now (I can hear the chorus of you all laughing at me). As a high school senior, I confidently chose a major and planned on sticking with it until the end. I knew what I was interested in and that lined up with what 18 year old Ashton wanted to study for four years. I swore I would never be "the typical college student" that changed their major every semester. 

Me (R) & Erin (L) a few days before we left for college.

Me (R) & Erin (L) a few days before we left for college.

Me & Erin Easter 2015.

Me & Erin Easter 2015.

What I didn't know is that I would change a lot in my first two years of school. When I got out of high school and I was no longer being told what to study, my interests changed. Jesus did loads of work in my life during my freshman and sophomore year, which lead to a change in my interests and passions... which lead to a change in my major... four times.  

There were times my sophomore year (in between majors two and three) I would sit in front of my computer and stare at the list of majors MC offers because I was so confused. I was overwhelmed with the pressure of deciding what my future would look like.

Long story short, after a lot of prayer and conversations with friends and parents and a semester off, I have made my home in the English Department and I couldn't be happier. I am studying what I love and pursuing a future I am excited about.

I don't regret the number of times I changed my major. Honestly, I just laugh about it. I got to learn about myself as I studied different things. I met professors in the different departments that changed the way I study, read, and think. My serial major-changing habits taught me the balance of trusting the Father with the now and the later.

When coming into school, I think you can be in a few different places with your academic plans.

Undecided.
During Welcome Week, you'll meet a handful of people that have come into school with an undecided major. As a freshman, I thought it was silly... I was wrong. I have a friend who stayed undecided until the end of sophomore year (which is traditionally the "cut off" for picking a final major if you plan on graduating on time). My friend waited and prayed and now, he's in a major that he loves. Friends, there is NO SHAME in being undecided. I think it's a wise and brave decision. For insight from an alumni that was undecided, check out this blog.

Pick a major, try it out, maybe change it later.
Obviously, this is what I did. I thought I was really, really interested in the study of people, so I came in as a psychology major. But like I said, my interests changed (a lot) and with that, I changed my major. And there's nothing wrong with that. You have the freedom to change your major as many times as you want, but you have to be aware of the potential consequences of it affecting your graduation date. As a freshman, you'll have to take core classes in most departments, which is a cool way to see how departments work and to access your interest level in different subjects. Let me repeat myself: there is nothing wrong with changing your major. 

You KNOW your calling.
Maybe you want to be a nurse or a teacher or an artist and you've known that since your 5th grade career day. If so, well done. I envy you. If you know what you want to do, confidently declare your major and continue to fall in love with the subject. There is such a beauty to that. Do what you love and do it well. Don't let anyone stop you.

Courtesy of Hannah Rose Beasley 

Courtesy of Hannah Rose Beasley 

Friends, life is dynamic. God did not make us to be static characters in His story. We are constantly changing and learning and growing and He is good through it all. As you approach college, pray a lot. Ask God to reveal Himself to you and to give you the strength to surrender your future. I promise, His plans are better than anything you could ever dream of. 

Good luck.
Ashton
Curly hair, orange cat, full heart

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