Sophomore Advice: Undecided students don’t have to feel out of the loop

Every day we are faced with making decisions, whether they’re as small as what to eat for lunch at Daly’s or as important as deciding a major. While the important decisions can seem quite treacherous and stressful, choosing a major for yourself doesn’t have to be.

Coming into college without knowing what you want to have as a career or what you want to major in can feel intimidating. It may seem like all your friends know exactly what they want to do and you are left in the dark; however, this is not the case. The reality is that you’re not the only one who isn’t sure what they want to do. In fact, the majority of those who think they do usually end up switching majors.

As a freshman, not knowing what you want to major in isn’t necessarily an urgent problem. Coming in undecided gives you a chance to sample an array of different courses and subjects. I found that spending most of my freshman year as undecided gave me the chance to get a lot of my general education courses out of the way, which allowed me to figure out what I enjoyed and discover what I am passionate about. Not deciding a major right out of the gate gives you time to choose what is best for you.

There’s no reason to go through this confusing time alone. You have your adviser, people in the counseling center, teachers, friends and even student mentors. I was given the opportunity this semester to become a student mentor in a program for undecided freshmen called GLASS, or General Liberal Arts and Science Students. Those freshmen may have a student mentor, an older student who came in undecided and chose a major by the end of their first year.

As student mentors, we are here as a resource for you — to answer questions, give advice, point you in the direction of other resources on campus and, most importantly, let you know we were in the same place our freshman year. Getting involved in activities around school such as clubs or intramural sports can also help you figure out what you enjoy doing.

Many students come to Rider with a major and an idea of what they think they want to do, but a lot of those students may end up changing their minds. There are a lot of people all over campus who are willing to help and guide you through the process. The best thing for you to do is to take your time deciding your major. It is a big decision but it doesn’t have to be a scary one, and you don’t have to do it alone.

– Kristy Grinere

Sophomore journalism major

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