Choosing a college major

My name is Harmony Hamilton and I am from Laplace, Louisiana. I am currently a senior at Nicholls State University where I pledged Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and am now the president of my chapter. I will be graduating May of 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and will be receiving the Outstanding Broadcast Journalism Graduate 2015 award at Nicholls State University. It is my goal to be a news reporter and eventually become an anchor. To help improve my skill I have worked for our campus radio station KNSU as well as a local station KTIB in downtown Thibodaux. I have also worked as a sports stringer for riverparishfootball.com. I am currently interning at WDSU in New Orleans. I am also the secretary for Nicholls State’s RTDNA (Radios Television Digital News Association).

One of the biggest concerns for most students, high school or college, is their career choice. It is very easy to say you are going to college after high school, the hard part is deciding why you are going and what you are going for. There are many stereotypical ways to find out what to major in. From guidance counselors to those quizzes you can take online to see which field you belong in. But in reality, none of these things can give an uncertain mind the conformation that is needed to choose something that will affect your life forever.

I struggled with determining what my purpose was in life. I never really knew what I wanted to do as for as career choices go. That uncertainty did not leave me with much to go on when it was time for me to pick my major at Nicholls State University. I finally had a lead on what I wanted to do when my mother and sister suggested communications to me.

I am normally a very introverted and quiet person who only speaks when it is necessary and I’m still pretty much like that today, but when my mom and sister told me that I spoke and wrote well I wondered if the mass communication thing could work for me despite my meek personality.

I say all of that to point out that your natural talents may not seem like much to you, but they are your guiding light when it is time to choose a major. When you do unlock those abilities and use them to their greatest potential, you will begin to see a whole new side of yourself that you never knew existed. Sit in a quiet place and think about the natural talents you have. Never say you don’t have a talent…everyone has a talent. Drawing, talking, debating, singing, teaching, having a caring nature, electric and technical interests, and even promoting are all skills that can bring in big bucks if you get a degree.

If you can’t decide or determine what your own talents are, ask your friends, family, and teachers. They know you better than you know yourself.

It may get a little depressing when you see others around you knowing what they want to do with their lives right away and going for it, but don’t let that get you down. There is a time and place for everything and your moment will come in due time. When you least expect it someone is going to open a door for you that you didn’t even know existed.

If you haven’t picked a major yet, or you doubt the one that you are in, remember that everyone has a purpose and yours is just as special as you are. The easiest way to choose a major is to be completely honest and true to you. Your major is already in you, you just need a little nudge to categorize and put a label on it. When you finally pick a major remain confident in it and yourself. Never let doubt and fear overwhelm you. It’s okay to feel anxious about it, but remain focused. Remember that the major you choose does not define or make you who you are. You have the ability to control and get what you want out of your major so that you can have the career of your dreams.

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