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Choosing a Major

Well I'm currently on my Spring Break, and it is so wonderful. Mid-term week wasn't too bad for me, seeing as I only had a couple essays due and a quiz. So far I am having a great Spring Break and I'm looking forward to the rest of it. It is so weird to think that I'm over half way done with this semester, it has flown by!

Alright, so I was thinking back and I remember this time during my senior year of high school when I was questioning my choice of major. Around this time I had been researching a lot about majors and the career paths tied to them. And I had been reading the large statistic of people that change majors. I have to admit that it scared me a little. But so far I've learned that having the freedom to change majors is something that students should embrace.

The main factor in choosing a major shouldn't necessarily be to study what you want your career to be. Just because I want to be a publicist does not mean I should be studying communication. I know it seems counter-intuitive, but over and over again I've been told to study what I love. And this mind-set makes a lot of sense because if you enjoy the subject you're learning about, it becomes a passion. And being passionate about something will make the academic career an easier and more successful journey.

Now don't get me wrong, as you can see I'm not against studying for a career, but I have to say that I am really passionate about communication. It is something that has always interested me and it is so applicable to every day life. I am studying what I love and it really makes all the difference.

Whatever you choose your major to be, whether it's nursing, business, english, or history, make sure you also factor in your enjoyment of that subject. I believe this is very important because in general, people do not perform as well in the subjects they don't enjoy. And if you go to college and you suddenly realize that you love the career path, but not the major, that's okay! You can switch majors, and at UP they make that very easy. So if you happen to be deciding between two majors right now and starting to really think about classes, try to visualize what would be more enjoyable in college and go with that. 


Tip 6: If you're thinking about visiting UP, plan for around April or May when the sun might be out! It really does look like a college pamphlet when the sun is out, the students are all smiles, and the cherry blossom trees are blooming.

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Zoe Schmidt

Name: Zoƫ Schmidt

Class: Freshman

Major: Organizational Communications

Minor: English


Hometown: Salem, Oregon

Activities: Reading, writing, hiking, watching football, fishing, snowmobiling, and hanging out with friends.


Favorite Professor: Dr. Pitzer and Dr. Kerssen-Griep

Favorite Class: Communication studies 101

Favorite Commons Meal: Grilled cheese with French fries and chocolate milk


Why I Chose UP: I chose UP because of the small campus and welcoming community. Also, everyone is so nice here! It doesn't hurt that the women's soccer team is totally amazing either.

Favorite Thing About UP: The campus. Especially in the spring time when the cherry blossoms are blooming.


Advice for Prospective Students: Make sure you visit campus and try to meet some professors and students. It will give you a real feel for just how close this campus is.


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