Changing my Major??


It occurred to me all of yesterday, that I’m not really that excited about my current major. I was looking over all the course requirements I need to fulfill my major, and I really wasn’t all that excited about having to take those classes.

So I have started thinking about changing my major – and I think I’ve found the perfect fit!!
If I really am serious about becoming a translator, I believe that a comparative literature major would be more beneficial. I’ve always enjoyed English class, so I don’t think I’d find comparative literature too dull. Plus, I’ve read on some websites that comparative literature is a good major for people who want to be translators/interpreters.

I’m also thinking of picking up some more minors, to sort of create my own “translation” major. The only problem is I don’t know if that amount of work is doable in 4 years. I plan to graduate on time and don’t want to delay graduation so I can finish up minors.

But OSU offers a professional writing minor and a creative writing minor. Ideally, I’d like to do translation for poetry and prose, but that field is not as lucrative or as easy to break into as other translation fields, so having both minors would help me ensure jobs. You know, I’d have my creative writing minor because that’s what I love to do, and I’d have the professional writing minor as a backup if I couldn’t find translation jobs in poetry & prose.

But I also want to keep my Turkish minor, because you’re obviously not going to get any jobs if you have no 2nd language skills. But to me, 3 minors sounds a little excessive – and like a lot of work. Of course I didn’t come to college looking for an easy ride, but I just wonder if it’s too much??

These ideas are just that though. Ideas. I haven’t officially made up my mind yet, it is just something that has recently popped into my head. Before I make anything official, I’d want to talk to an advisor about this course load and whether it makes sense and is possible to do in 4 years.

As my boyfriend tells me, I just have to find what I’m passionate about – and other than dance, I have no idea what that is. I have lots of “little” interests, but no “big” interests, nothing that I feel super comfortable devoting my entire life to. But then, maybe I’m putting too much weight on my major.
Does your major in college really cement your future life that much??


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jessica S
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 18:16:57

    I have two B.A. degrees: One in English, and one in Pre-law. In my opinion, a major only cements your future in so much as you need it to catalyst into your desired occupation. For instance, in order to go to law school, English and Pre-law are fantastic, but I could also have majored in Finance and still gone on to law school.

    My suggestion is this: If you’re not sure WHAT you want to do, think about majoring in Business with a minor in what else you’re interested in. Business and Finance backgrounds make you ultra-desirable to a multitude of employers. Moreover, the more you understand finances, the better you can set yourself up for opportunities that require a little freedom in income.

    Do you see what I mean? If you let professionals teach you how to handle finances, not only can you help others with theirs, but you can better control yours. If you take good enough charge of them, then if some great ballet opportunity opens up, you can be prepared (financially) to drop everything and just go for it, and see what happens. :)

    Anyway… so there’s my two cents worth. LOL!


  2. Elizabeth
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 20:31:46

    I’m only in my second year of college and my plan is constantly changing, so I know exactly how you feel. It’s kind of exciting though because I’m beginning to find out what I’m meant to do, although it’s been a slow process.


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