Choosing a major means pressure

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Marissa Briggs– Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Starting as young as middle school, students across the country are encouraged to decide on a major for college.

Many Mustangs feel the immense pressure of this.

Teachers and guidance counselors encourage students to take classes geared towards their desired majors in order to make their college applications look more focused.

While a great idea in theory, it’s rare that a student will decide a major at age 12 and stick with it throughout college.

LRHS senior Emma Tullio decided to apply to college as an undecided major.

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Tullio said, “Even though I have not yet decided what it is I want to build a career upon, I feel like that is what college is for and therefore I’m not worried.”

About 80% of students end up changing their major at least once throughout their college experience. While schools can do their best to encourage students to decide their major, the students will not know the full extent of the requirements until they are experiencing the college classes.

LRHS college and career counselor Ricardo Acevedo said he tries to strike a balanced approach when discussing career paths with college-bound students.

“I tell them it’s likely they’ll change their majors after they start college,” he said, “so what I want to encourage is the soul searching that helps them find their passions.  What type of job do they see themselves doing that they’ll still enjoy in five or ten years.”

Most colleges give students until the end of their second year to make a final decision. This gives college students two years to decide on a major after seeing what that major would entail firsthand.

Universities understand that what a young student wants to major in may not be the same when they enter college. It is becoming more common to apply undecided on college applications, and it has no effect on the chances of being accepted or denied.