Pizza’s Kitchen

By Emily Pizza

Declare Your Major, Not Your Career 

The banquet hall was filled with anxious-faced students wielding pink papers and looking at the tables with familiar faculty members passing out candy.

While you may really like English, Physics seems really cool too, but you know you can’t manage both and study abroad.

You decide to take the jump and get an English professor to sign your sheet. Sporting your yellow “I declared!” sticker, you slide a piece of candy off the table and leave with a slice of cake, stuffing down the worried feelings about the future.

Declaration of Major Day is great, considering all of us sophomores know what we’re doing with the rest of our lives.


While there are some students who know exactly what they want to do after college, a lot of us don’t. Don’t fret, sophomores, that pink piece of paper does not determine the rest of your college life.

Although Kalamazoo College does not keep track of how many of their students change majors, National statistics show that 50-70 percent of students change their major at least once during their college years. So don’t worry if you’re unsure; odds are, the person next to you is too.

Changing  your major isn’t a difficult process either. Just go to the Registrar’s Office and fill out a form and make sure you’ve checked out the requirements. How simple is that?

Not only that, but a major doesn’t determine the great job you’ll be telling everybody about at the 20-year Homecoming reunion. National statistics also say that 50 percent of graduates do not pursue careers related to their major.

You can major in Anso and still be a doctor (as long as you take all of the pre-med requirements). You could also study biology and become a poet! Who doesn’t love a poem about bacteria cultures?

Also, keep your eyes and ears open because your dream job may not even exist yet! Some sources estimate that 40-60 percent of future jobs have yet to be created. So if you still feel like you haven’t found your calling, don’t settle for something you’ll hate. Who knows, maybe you’ll create your own job.

Still lost? You have an advisor for a reason. Make an appointment with them and talk about what classes you love and which ones you don’t. Maybe getting another perspective on your interests will help steer you in an unexpected direction.

Moral of the story, study what you love, and the career will come to you. Don’t fret, sophomores, everything will work out in the end.


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