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My Major Exploration Story

Explore your options when it comes to majors. That is one of the best pieces of advice I can give to any student in college.

I'm going into my fourth year here at the U, and it's my last before I graduate. Looking back, I changed my major about 3 different times since being here. When I first applied to the University, I came in with the intention of majoring in Psychology.


A few weeks into my freshman year, that changed to Graphic Design. I always liked working with Photoshop and InDesign in high school for classes and growing up so it seemed like a good fit. Then in the spring semester of my freshman year, I took an Anatomy and Physiology lab for my lib. ed. requirement and this sparked my interest in the health field. Both of my parents are physical therapists so I thought it'd be cool if I followed in their footsteps. At this point I was ready to get a degree in Kinesiology and then planned on going to graduate school to become a physical therapist.


And then the first few weeks of my sophomore year, it finally hit me that none of those things were what I really wanted to do for the rest of my life. I looked at the major list online for a few days and just did general research about different job opportunities. I thought about growing up and what I was good at, and that let to me deciding on majoring in Strategic Communication.


Strat. Comm. (as us journalism students call it) basically focuses on public relations and advertising. It focuses on the creative side of things along with the logistical end of things. I've always been a big social media user; from YouTube to Twitter to Tumblr to Facebook. Also, with my liking towards Photoshop and InDesign, I realized that those skills I have could also be used in the advertising and public relations field. With my interest in video editing throughout high school, that's also something that could be used for advertising and public relations (commercials!! haha). 

It took me over a year to figure it out, but once you really think about what truly interests you (along with your skill set), you'll find the perfect major to go after!