April 22, 2007 4:30 PM
Finding the right major
Choosing a major is not always the easiest thing to do. Rarely do I met someone who has it all figured out from the get go, and I think coming to Berkeley ready to explore your interests is a great approach. A useful thing you can do is to take classes in subject areas you enjoyed in high school, and even some in areas you know little to nothing about. Declared freshman should consider this as well, because there could be another major waiting for you that fits your interests even better than the one you are intent on now. Researching different majors and the careers they can lead to on the career website can also help if you have any career goals in mind.
When I came to Berkeley, I was very intent on a biology major, and because I was told at CalSo that most biology majors are in MCB or IB, I decided to go along with that track. However, I was a little worried that these intensions would cause me to miss a major that would have been perfect for me. I also didn’t care for the competitive nature of these majors and decided to do some research on other majors and keep my eyes open for something that fit me better. I took classes outside my major like French, linguistics, and music, and finally discovered CNR. Here was a wealth of biology related majors that had never been presented to me, and coming in with an open attitude prevented me from overlooking a major that was perfect for me: Environmental Science. I still wonder if I would have been just as happy as an Urban Studies, or Anthropology major, two areas of study which fascinate me to no end, however I can always pursue a graduate degree in these areas or study them outside of classes. Ultimately I am very happy with my choice and hope that after some careful thought and exploration that you will also find a major that challenges and captivates you.
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