It’s one of the decisions that every soon-to-be college student spends hours upon hours stressing about: picking a college major. The choice inevitably leads to stress because of the amount of pressure it puts on students to start really thinking about what they want to do for the rest of their lives. And it’s a choice that I decided not to make until after my freshman year.
Choosing to wait that extra year was extremely beneficial in easing some of my stress and helping to make my decision a lot easier. It allowed me time to take classes that could help me decide what I was interested in before I locked down on one specific major. I got to explore multiple interests to really see which one really suited me the best.
That being said, I also understand that a lot of students may feel anxious about postponing their decision because they feel as though they will be behind. I felt this same stress, but I promise that that’s not the case. Freshman year, for most colleges, is designed so that students can take care of core requirements, anyway. As long as you are conscious of what you’re doing, waiting to declare a major will not put you behind any of your peers.
In fact, most students switch their major throughout their four years in school, anyway. In the long run, it’s extremely impactful to dedicate a year to truly finding what you’re passionate about so you feel more confident with your decision once you make it. Waiting to declare was one of the best decisions that I made coming into college, and it’s one that I recommend every soon-to-be-college student makes, too.