Myths and Facts
- Everyone has a major but me.
REALITY: Most students, even declared majors, will change their major 2-3 times during the course of their undergraduate career.
- Your academic course of study/major is the primary determinant of your future career success.
REALITY: A college major alone is not enough to help you prepare adequately for a career. Internships, jobs, extracurricular activities, and volunteer work all contribute to your growth as a well- rounded person, and in developing your skills and abilities. In fact, employers place a very high value on these types of "extra "activities when looking for employees.
- If I choose a major or a career, I'll be stuck with it forever.
REALITY: Most majors prepare you for a variety of careers. When you combine the skills you'll learn in your major, general education , and elective courses with the skills you'll gain from full-time work, internships, and other activities, you'll have the ability to move in a variety of directions. Most people have multiple careers and jobs during their work lives.
- I've failed if I make the wrong choice.
REALITY: You only fail when you do not adapt. If you learn a major or career choice is not right for you, change it.
- You must pursue a certain specific course of study/major in order to prepare adequately for professional schools such as dentistry, law, business, medicine, etc.
REALITY: Most professional schools do not require a specific course of study/major, as long as you meet certain academic courses (I.e. prerequisite courses). For example, in recent years, liberal arts majors have had a greater success with acceptance to medical schools than biology majors.
In addition to prerequisite courses, most graduate swill require personal references, a minimum GPA and passing score on entrance exams (e.g. LSAT and the GRE), and experience (internships, volunteering, shadowing, etc.).