Figuring it Out

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Coming to college I thought I had it all figured out. What career path I wanted, where I wanted to be located at with that career, and how to get there. I even had a summer-long “job shadow” lined up for me when I return to home. But when I got here, all things changed. I am not sure if it was the new atmosphere I was so quickly thrown into, or never really knowing what career path I wanted to take. I was questioning my major saying, “Is this REALLY what I want to do with my life?” or “Do I even want to be in the medical field?” With that being said, I wanted to study psychology with a focus in Occupational Therapy. I thought that was really what I wanted to do because I job shadowed one of our local OTs, my junior year in high school, and I enjoyed it. Getting to know your patients and helping them is something I thought I really wanted to do.

The first week into classes I changed my major to exploring. Only because I didn’t know exactly what career path I wanted to pursue. One thing that was said to me when I was telling people I changed my major was “Wow, I think that is the fastest anyone has changed their major!” According to Yuritzy Ramos, “About 80 percent of students in the United States end up changing their major at least once, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. On average, college students change their major at least three times over the course of their college career.” So technically I have two more times I can change my major but hopefully I won’t. Sometimes changing a major can be scary. Not knowing what you want to do is a scary path. Fernanda Astiazaran changed her major from international business to an organizational communication major said that, “The advisor gives you a petition for the change of major and the dean of each college for each major has to approve and sign.” Now luckily I go to a school that is not that intimidating. I am not even sure if I would’ve changed changed my major if I knew it would be that intimidating.

When I changed my major, I dropped chemistry and added accounting. I only have had a couple of classes because we only have it once a week. I took an easy accounting class in high school and I really enjoyed it. I thought I was always interested in psychology for some reason. I have never taken single psychology class until this year. Now I know why I have never done so- because I do not like it. It is not at all entertaining. I met with the psychology major academic advisor and she told me not to give up on it just yet. The psychology I am taking is research methods in psychology, and I completely understand why I do not like it whatsoever. I am not a fan of research.

Through my classes I think I have figured out which career path I would like to take, and it is the business major with either an accounting or finance route. I feel with a business or an accounting major you have a wide range of what you can do. According to The College Board, “Accounting majors learn how to gather, record, analyze, interpret, and  communicate information about an individual’s or organization’s financial performance and risks.” To get this degree you will spend up to five years in school, create and analyze balance sheets, study tax law, and use other accounting information systems. Being an accountant it would help to be “attentive to detail and analytical” (The College Board). I enjoy working with numbers and learning how to analyze certain data. So I believe that accounting is a possible path for me. Another business route would be a finance major. Finance Majors learn how to make financial decisions for organizations. Course work covers such topics as panning, raising funds, making wise investments and controlling costs. As a finance major you would have to choose a specialization: investment analysis, corporate finance, or real estate. I would have to understand the economy and the stock market, be able to work with complex computer programs, and learn how to create and manage a budget. I also would have to be good with numbers, a great communicator, a creative problem solver, and be able to work with others (The College Board). Luckily, I am good with all of the above so I might end up with a major and a minor in either one of them. I am not quite sure on which yet; however, I do hope I figure out soon.


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