communications

I Changed My Major the First Day of College

The first day of classes in my junior year, my second year of college, and my first year at a four-year University, I changed my major. I had done one year of Community college because I didn't know what to study, and it was cheaper than a four-year school. During that year, while I saved money, I didn't figure out what I wanted to do, but it allowed me to take more prerequisites, so that by the time I got to a four-year school, I was mostly taking classes in my major.

I wanted a good job, but all of the careers that guaranteed a job and higher income right out of college, didn't seem interesting to me.

So I settled on being an elementary teacher. I knew that the pay left something huge to be desired, but I would be able to find a job. That was my declared major for my junior year.

About twenty minutes into the first day of class (it was a elementary teaching class), while the teacher was still going over the syllabus, I decided to switch my major. I sat through the whole hour and a half class so as not to be rude, and while I sat there, I brainstormed what other major I could study. I settled on Communications because it sounded interesting, and I had a friend doing it and he liked it.

So as soon as class ended, I called my mom, told her, called my advisor, left a message with her, then went straight to the registrar's office. I am one of the few people who switch their major the first day of classes. So we switched my classes around, made a schedule that was more general/communication oriented, and took out all of the teaching classes. My advisor (who was a transfer advisor and not focused on only students of her department) got back to me, and I told her that I was a Communications major.

My reasoning was that Communications was something interesting to me, and that I could change my major again. People changed their major lots of times. I never did. I stayed with it and I loved it.

And while part of me still wishes I had dome computer science or engineering, I think that it's important to like what you study/do. I could never convince myself to study something for the money. Though I do wish I had desired to do something that paid well/had lots of job openings, I probably made the right choice. Besides, it's not very productive to go against God's plan, and with how bad I tried to get myself to major in something like materials engineering or electrical engineering but still couldn't, I was probably meant to be a Communication major.

So my advice to you, is to study something that you can see yourself doing for the next forty-fifty years.

Portfolio, Writing Samples, and Resume

As I've been looking for a job or an internship for after college, I've  learned  how many employers desire writing samples and portfolios as well as a resume. Because I was a communication major, we didn't focus a ton on having a portfolio (not as much as design majors), but in my design class, I found myself wishing that we had done more design projects for my future portfolio. Now that I have to actually have a portfolio, instead of a list of things I would put in one, I find myself thinking about emailing professors and mentioning that little fact to them. (Sorry future students, I promise you'll be thankful in the long run.) So my advice to you is to take some of your work, preferable design and writing samples, and get it all together for a portfolio. See what you got great grades on or you are proud of and put it into a folder on your computer labeled "portfolio." That way, when you need it, you've got it.

Same with a resume, get it all updated and perfect BEFORE you need it. It is so nice to just have to submit the resume and not have to spend time stressing over it before it is due.

Do all of this before hand, and you'll be thankful you did.

Now I've got an email to write to former professors :)