Christian Youth & Young Adults

Colossians 3:23: "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters."


Christian Youth & Young Adults

Choosing the right undergraduate program to go into in college or university can be a tricky thing. Most people do not have the necessary skills and experiences right out of high school to know what would suit them best. This leads to many students who find themselves in their second, third, or even fourth year of post-secondary studies wondering why on earth they chose the major that they did.

When trying to choose a major you should first and foremost consider how much you will enjoy it, or how important it is for you to enjoy it in the first place. It is a perfectly legitimate goal to want a degree that will land you a job right away, even if your chosen major doesn't rouse your deepest intellectual passions. Maybe your goal is to have a steady income that will allow you to pursue other hobbies and interests on the side. There is nothing wrong with this path if it will honestly make you happy. The trick is to know yourself enough to know that you can make it through four or more years studying something you do not necessarily love.

However, many students are likely to find that they cannot devote years to studying something that doesn't pique their interests. A lack of interest is also likely to negatively affect academic performance, jeopardizing your graduation prospects. If good job prospects and a high future income aren't your most important priorities, then do not force yourself to study something that gives you no enjoyment whatsoever.

It might be frightening to go into a major that offers fewer job prospects than others, but, if it is something that truly does motivate and excite you, then you will also be motivated to seek out and fight for whatever job prospects there are. Furthermore, if your major genuinely interests you, then you might want to continue on to graduate school and consider a life of research and professorship in your chosen field. The bottom line is that no matter how bleak the job prospects of a specific major might look, you are likely to find ways to thrive and succeed in a field if you genuinely care about it.

Never lose sight of the fact that you are going to school for yourself, not to please your parents or the rest of society. You should definitely listen to other people's advice, but, at the end of the day, choosing what to study will be up to you. If you need some spiritual motivation when making your decision, then just call to mind this Bible quote from Colossians 3:23:

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters."

If you know yourself, your interests, and your future goals, then you will have no trouble picking a fulfilling major that is right for you. Do not feel bad if finding these things out takes some time, or if you end up having to switch majors at some point. Find something that you love to do, or something that matches up with your life goals, and your undergraduate experience will always be a worthwhile one.