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Choosing the Right Major & Minor

Updated: Mar 15, 2023

Dear Future College Freshman,

Let's talk about majors. It's OK not to know exactly what you want to do when you get to college. That's why you are in college. When you are in high school, your primary focus is the curriculum and standardized testing. Yes, they would love for you have some type of idea of what you want to do with your life, but truth be told a lot of kids go to college and have no clue what they want to do with their life. Take it from me; when I got to college, I had my heart set on becoming a lawyer but now I'm not so sure.

In high school, I loved history, especially greek mythology. In one of my classes, the history lessoned pertained to greek mythology and from there I studied greek myths, and then I broaden my horizons and studied African mythology. Naturally, when I started college my major was history. I changed it later to Politics and Government - which was not too bad, I actually enjoyed it. But I figured if I really like Politics and Government, then I would love Criminal Justice.

My freshman year, became an exploratory opportunity for me and I decided to try all types of classes. One of my favorite classes I took, was a writing class where I wrote short stories. I'd stay up all night writing stories because I always had a new idea. I used to bombard my mentor to read my stories and tell me if she liked it. I still write short stories but now it's more of a hobby. I also took a computer science class where I wrote short programs. I felt so cool that I could write small programs, that actually worked. I enjoyed it so much, sometimes I'd go to the library and rewrite my programs using a different format. I was always good with computers but I just never thought that I would be able to make these types of computer programs!

By my second semester before I left for break, I changed my major to Criminal Justice with a minor in Computer Science. Though I am still figuring out what exactly I want to do with my life, I am getting there. I still have interest in becoming a lawyer or even an FBI agent but now I know I can be anything. I want to try modeling too, by helping my friend with her makeup line and becoming her model. Who knows what kind of career that could lead to! 

I encourage everyone reading this, to do the same and explore your interests. There are so many things that you can do, as long as you put your mind to it. The sky's the limit!

Sincerely your number 1 college buddy,

Dominique S. 

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