Coming to Auburn University as a freshman, I had little to no idea what I wanted to major in or the career path I wanted to take. For a long time, I saw myself as an educator, maybe elementary education or maybe a different area of education. All I knew was that I wanted a career path that enabled me to surround myself with people and new relationships and connections daily.
Moving to Auburn from Charlotte, North Carolina, I only knew a handful of people that were already attending Auburn. From the select group, one was studying elementary education, one studying engineering and another studying Public Relations.
My first and best piece of advice for figuring out what you want to do is to talk to people you know. By asking questions and learning more about career paths and majors that students are already in the midst of, it allows you a clearer idea of whether or not that major is for you.
When I spoke with a friend I knew from home she told me more and more about Public Relations. If you had asked me, as a freshman, what the definition of PR was, I truthfully can say I would have given you a terrible answer, but what I knew was that this major was the absolute perfect fit for me. As a senior now, looking back on why I chose PR as a freshman I can say that the reason I chose to pursue a path in PR was for 2 reasons: 1) it would give me the opportunity to use my passion for people and make connections in a real, day to day purpose and 2) because PR is in every aspect of our lives and can have so many powerful impacts on how we live in society.
Coming to college is a lot about learning more about who you are and what you want to do with your life. For many freshmen, deciding what you want to choose as a major and essentially decide your future career path sounds like a daunting task, but as someone once told me, it is never too late to start over to do what you truly love. One of the things I love about Auburn is how easy and also encouraged it is to change your major if it turns out to not be the field you think you would fit the best in.
As I mentioned earlier I came to Auburn believing I wanted to go into education. After I thought more and more about the major and began looking at what a life in education would look like for me, I realized that I wanted something a little different. The advisors, student advisors and teachers that Auburn provides resources for students are the most powerful tool we are given. No matter how far along you are into a major or how early you are just starting out in it, they are there to help point you in the right direction of choosing your major.
The saying you never know if you like something until you have tried it is especially applicable in choosing a major. By gaining a little more insight and exposure into the major you are potentially wanting to pursue it gives you a much better idea of whether it will be a good suit for you.
Early on in college, I started connecting with people that were already in the professional field of public relations to get a broader perspective of what life could look like after college. By talking to people in the field it opened doors for me to internships that gave me very valuable, hands-on experience that just further confirmed I had chosen the right major.
Choosing a major and a future career path can seem like a nearly impossible decision, no matter what year you are in college, but talking to current students and asking questions, not being afraid to try and fail and gaining exposure are some of the best ways to ensure that you are choosing the right major for you.
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