What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s a question parents, teachers, strangers (?!) have asked you since you were in elementary school. For some of us, the answer’s easy. For others, not so much.
Take a deep, calming breath. We’re here to tell you that it’s okay to not have it all figured out.
And for those of you who are set on their future plans: listen up! It’s also okay to change your mind. Every student has their own path, just listen to a few current Wildcats:
Jessy enrolled at the University of Arizona sure of her intentions and with her eye on a career in leukemia research. After new experiences and discovering new passions, Jessy’s plans evolved – in the most positive way. Watch this video for 2:37 of priceless advice.
When you graduate and list all your experiences on your resume, there’s going to be so much more than your major to add. There are 600+ clubs and organizations on campus, dozens of skillbuilding opportunities, and interesting on-campus jobs and internships that, together with your major, make you a well-rounded candidate for a job – and person.
Almost one-third of first-time college students change their major. Some change it twice! While it might be tough to tell your mom that you don’t actually want to be a doctor, you’ll get nothing but support from the University of Arizona.
Talk to your academic advisor, and together you can make a plan to switch gears and declare a major that leads to a career that you love. As for breaking the news to mom? We can only wish you the best of luck!
Being undeclared is the best excuse you’ll ever have to try new things, meet new people, and figure it out as you go.
Of the 7,335 students who enrolled in fall 2020, 586 were undeclared. These are the students who we encourage to join clubs they’d never considered joining, attend virtual events that spark their interest, and take classes with thought-provoking subject matter. Sounds kind of fun, right?
Check out The A Center, which specializes in helping undeclared, transitional, and pre-health and pre-law students stay on track.
What’s important is that you find a place that feels like home. And now, it’s easier than ever to do that.
Since 1885, the University of Arizona has experienced its fair share of Wildcats who have been unsure about their future. Remember: the university is made up of real people who want you to make the most of your time while you’re here. Start your journey by applying today.