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Finding the Major That’s Right for You

April 12, 2017

by Danny Smith

I have changed my major a total of three times. With every major I chose, I thought, This is it, this is what I want to do for the rest of my life! Turns out, it’s not that always that simple.

When I got accepted to Purchase, I was planning on being an artist. I’ve been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember, so when I was choosing my major as a senior it seemed like a no-brainer. Art was my favorite class, and my art teacher expected me to go to college for it.

Then, I went on an arts-centered campus tour. We split into groups, and at the last second, I chose to go with the theatre tour instead of visual arts. This wasn’t that far of a jump for me, as I also loved theatre and had been involved in it since I was little. At the time of the tour, I was in a production and was having a great experience, so maybe that was why I changed my mind. The tour was for the Acting BFA, but I ultimately chose the Theatre and Performance major because I wanted to be able to have a second major or a minor (obviously, I had a lot of interests). So I called the school and changed my major to Theatre and Performance before the first semester even began.

By the middle of my first semester, I had changed my mind once again. I still loved theatre, but I wasn’t so enchanted by the idea of trying to make a career out of it. One of my friends was a Gender Studies major, and through my conversations with them, the program had caught my attention. I was becoming very interested in gender and sexuality, and had gotten involved with the LGBTQ+ club on campus. So, in another spur-of-the-moment decision, I changed my major to Gender Studies.

Fast forward to last semester, when I changed my major to Liberal Studies. I had accepted that I had way too many interests to fit into one field, so I chose the most interdisciplinary major Purchase has to offer. As a Liberal Studies major, I take classes in all fields, including the arts, but my main focus is still the social sciences. While I moved away from art, I’m able to keep my art interests as hobbies and pursue deeper interests in Gender Studies and Sociology, and I also get to take classes in the Natural Sciences and Humanities.

The moral of the story: don’t stress too much about your major, especially as a freshman. At Purchase, it’s easy to pursue all of your interests. In fact, that’s kind of what we’re all about here! Most, if not all, of our students have multiple talents and interests. Have confidence that you will find your path!