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A Major Decision


Jae Maeng

“What’s your major?” The most common question a college student gets asked. For the past one and a half years, I’ve been able to say ‘undecided’ and move on. But, no longer can I say that anymore. As my academic adviser continues to remind me that I need to declare my major by the end of the semester, I’ve had to start thinking about what path I want to take in my life. Once I declare a major, I get assigned to a new adviser who will then oversee my progress for the rest of my college years.

Of course, once I do declare my major, I have the option of changing my major all the way until Senior year but I do want to try and get it right the first time. I know that Vanderbilt is very easy going on changing majors and so that takes off a lot of pressure on the decision. Its reassuring to know that if I have a sudden epiphany later on, I won’t have to worry too much on changing my life plans.

Fortunately, I’ve had time to think over my options and I decided I am still sticking with Pre-Med. I do want to walk in that direction right now and I believe I will take the path of Biology as my major. Nothing is official as of yet since I’m still finishing out this semester and seeing how everything finishes up. My reason for choosing Biology came to me one night. There I was, sitting in the library studying for my Biology exam and then, things started to click and I realized that I enjoyed learning about the topic of Biology. I enjoyed learning the details of what happens in the human body. I think that’s an important factor to consider when picking your major and that’s why I’m leaning towards Biology as my major.

I still have some time to think about things and see how everything pans out especially with finals coming up. But Christmas break should be a good time when I can have some more time to think about my decision. I also think I’m going to minor in Psychology since I like the topic. I took

a general psychology class last year and really liked the material. I signed up for another class next semester and if I enjoy that also, I will probably look into a minor.

In a few weeks... that girl will be me

With deadline day swiftly approaching, I’m going to have to make that decision in my life and

take a major step in my life. And, if I happen to take the wrong step and it doesn’t work out, I can just switch majors. So, I’m not too worried at all when the time comes when I need to walk up those giants steps of Kirkland Hall (the headquarters of the College of Arts and Science) and turn in my Major declaration form.


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