We all know that investing in a college degree is no easy feat. For attendees of private universities, the average loan hovers around $30,000 or more. Having talked to a number of college advisers regarding the matter, choosing a major that will allow you to pay your debt as soon as possible isn’t the ideal approach. In essence, a more informed choice can be had through a balanced consideration of your interests, strengths, and skills. With the rising costs of college tuition and student loan debt at an all-time high, knowing whether you’re taking the right major is all the more imperative. However, students who always prioritize practicality without taking into account their passion and interests may be hurting their chances of having a successful and satisfying career in the long run.
Use the following tips to decide whether you’re in the right major or not:
- Develop emotional competency. Knowing your true interests can only be done by delving inside. Many of our desires are things that are rooted unconsciously and can be rarely controlled and the only way to utilize it to the best of our benefit is to develop emotional competency. Emotional wisdom can only be gained when we allow ourselves to understand what our core needs tell us. Just like any skill, being emotionally competent requires practice. Even if you took the logical route, it won’t always lead to a better judgement, a good decision, or even happiness in your choice of college major or professional path.
- Pay attention to your feelings. Emotional competency can only be attained by paying attention to what your inner voice tells you. Most people are unaware of the principal role that our feelings play in our everyday decision-making process. It is common to think that decisions should only be based on careful deliberation of available facts or logical reasoned arguments, but choosing to focus only on one side can lead to a stunted perspective—of your emotions and what these can actually tell about your main drives behind your interests. In any decision in life, how we feel still plays a big part even when we believe you are making a logical decision. Rather than stifle your feelings, it’s better to use it conjunction with your logical faculties and paying attention to what it tells you.
- Determine your passion. We all have our own passions and simple logic states that, one way or another, we need to be able to fulfill these passions in order to have a fulfilling and fruitful collegiate and professional career in the long term. At the core, I think our passions are designed to make us happy. Passion is what will give dimension to your personal and professional history while being able to develop your own character and depth as well.
- Experience different things. For you to be able to determine your passion, you have to experience different things. I think that one of our primary goals in life is to experience the complete breadth of human emotions, instead of living a stale life focused only on what’s safe and comfortable. There is no growth in that way. By pursuing my real interest in college, I realized that making a choice based on my passion does not always equate to sacrificing security or earning sufficiently. Experience are the kind of things that serve to provide colors and meaning to our lives. If anything, it might just serve as a learning lesson that will change your life.
About the Author
Jeanne San Pascual is a lifelong learner with a passion for the unusual. While in school, she moonlighted as a multidisciplinary writer with a quest to improve my expertise in the realm of words and linguistic exchange.