Published on Aug. 2, 2019
Updated on Aug. 27, 2019
Declaring a major can be an exciting, yet stressful time in a student’s life. Pressure to declare quickly can come from home and school, making the decision even harder to make, especially when everyone else seems to have it all figured out.
But guess what? It’s okay not to know right away. In fact, it’s completely normal.
Additionally, it’s okay to change your mind. We encourage you to take some time to explore and investigate who you are and what will provide the most meaningful experience for you and your future. In an effort to ease some of the stress, Mizzou provides extensive resources and support in an effort to help students during the major and career decision making process.
So where can you start?
The MU Career Center would be my suggestion for your first stop, which is located in the lower level of the Student Success Center on Lowry Mall. While visiting the Career Center, you can gather handouts on various majors/careers, complete personal assessments, and meet with career specialists and/or career counselors for a more personalized approach.
Not to mention, there are for-credit courses offered throughout the school year, like Career Explorations (SSC 2100), that can help walk you through the various aspects of exploring and deciding over the course of an entire semester.
Please remember: you are not alone. We are always here to help make deciding on a major as informative and as enjoyable as possible. Swing by the Career Center Monday-Friday from 9:00-4:00 during the fall semester to get your exploratory journey started.