How I Finally Chose My College Major

Renee considered several different majors throughout elementary and middle school. Here's how she finally chose American Sign Language Interpretation and Education, plus her advice to help you choose the right major for you.

Renee considered several different majors throughout elementary and middle school. Here’s how she finally decided to study American Sign Language Interpretation and Education in college, plus her advice to help you choose the right major for you! 

One of the hardest things you’ll have to think about during your college search is your major. Some students don’t have a major in mind when applying to schools, so they write down that they’re undecided. The plus side is you’ll get two more years to think about what you want to study; the downside, however, is that you’ll have a more limited variety in your college search. Once you’re enrolled in a school, you can only choose one of the majors that college offers. If you choose a major while you’re still in high school, you’ll have a broader selection of colleges and universities to choose from.

Related: How Your Potential Major Can Influence Your College Search

My major journey

My decision changed quite a few times before I committed to a major. When I was still in elementary school, my parents asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up and where I wanted to go college. I always replied with “a veterinarian.” I love animals and all I wanted was to help them feel better. When I was in fifth grade, my dad told me the saddest and hardest part for veterinarians is sometimes they have to put animals to sleep. I knew I wouldn’t have the heart to go through with that, so I decided to look into other options.

Related: My “Major” Journey

Changing my mind again

In middle school, I found another career where you work closely with animals: marine biology. I loved marine life and animals, so I invested the majority of my free time learning as much as I could about different species. I went to SeaWorld with my Girl Scout troop in seventh grade, and my camp counselor was studying to become a marine biologist while working at SeaWorld. I was offered an internship when I turned 18 at a marine biology institution. But while I was researching more about the field, I found that the expected job demand was low at about 5%. So my search for the perfect career and major continued.

Related: Why I Decided to Change My Major. Again.

Finding my true passion

During sophomore and junior year, a new passion for American Sign Language grew, so I looked into careers that involved ASL; I found interpreting/teaching and general linguistics. I participated in my high school’s ASL Showcase last year as a junior and this year as a senior. I thought the deaf culture and language was beautiful, and I finally decided that I would major in American Sign Language Interpretation as well as Education. My goal is to become an ASL teacher in the future.

Related: List: Colleges Where You Can Study American Sign Language

Advice for choosing a major

The best advice I can give for choosing your major(s) is to look for something involving your greatest passions. If you choose a career that you’re passionate about, you’re likely to learn more and grow. And you want to choose a field you’ll love for a long time.

Another helpful tip is to do as much research as you can; that way you know exactly what you’re signing up for. One major could sound like it’s one thing when it’s actually nothing like what you expected. There are many majors to choose from, so take your time and don’t freak out if you’re overwhelmed. There are endless possibilities for your future!

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About Renee Serna

Renee Serna

Renee graduated high school early and will be enrolling at Palomar College in the fall. She plans to compete on both the track and cross-country team at Palomar. She has always loved English and science but started to love American Sign Language (ASL) as she progressed through high school. She plans to become an ASL interpreter one day and thanks all of her family and friends who have supported her over the years.


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