If you’re anything like me, choosing a major was a major hurdle to overcome. With over 150 majors offered here at the University of Illinois, I was overwhelmed with the sheer amount of choices.
When I found out that the University of Illinois had an undeclared major for students within the Division of General Studies, I leapt at the chance. I wanted the opportunity to learn about various fields of study in college before making the decision to finalize a major.
I first considered a major in Engineering, as I felt that it would have great career benefits and the University of Illinois has an outstanding College of Engineering. However, I felt that some of the engineering concepts were a bit too focused and specific for my personal taste. I would also have to choose a specialized engineering major (i.e. mechanical, electrical, industrial). Keep in mind I still had very little idea about what I wanted to pursue in long-term. Therefore, engineering was not my top choice.
I then thought about pursuing law. It would be considered a pre-law track, as the University didn’t offer a bachelor’s degree in law at the time (they still don’t). But essentially, I could apply to go to law school after receiving my bachelor’s degree—I still had to choose a degree before I went to law school.
My older brother, who at the time was a marketing and information systems and technology major, told me about the diverse opportunities available at the Gies College of Business (which at the time was just the College of Business). I believed business encompassed a wide array of career choices and focused a bit more on the bigger picture, which is something that I felt resonated with me.
Since the only time I was allowed to apply to the Gies College of Business from DGS was after freshman year, I made the decision and submitted my application at the end of my first year in college. I was ecstatic when I got the news that I was accepted and am currently pursuing an Accountancy major as well as a minor in Hoeft Technology & Management.
It’s been a wonderful ride so far. I’ve made lifelong friends and am learning about business concepts I hope to be able to utilize in the real workforce one day. If you have doubts about the choices you need to make, take it slow and don’t feel like you have to make a decision when you come in as a freshman. Ask those around you and make the best decision for yourself. It’s never too late.