Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!! Even if you don’t have a particular Valentine, make sure to be good to yourself today. My own relationship with myself is. . .less than awesome, so I’m going to try to be totally in love with myself just for today:) Anywho, the point of this particular post is to put at ease anyone’s mind that believes everyone coming to college knows EXACTLY what they want to do, except whoever it is thinking this thought. In truth, even the few of us who DO believe they know exactly what they want change their minds a million times over. . .
As I’ve discussed before, I just added a second major to my first (Radio-TV-Film,) Journalism. It was my intent to specialize in Broadcast Journalism. The Journalism major works this way: at first, as an underclassmen, Journalism majors are just that – the entire broad major.
Then, after enrolling in J315 and before her or his junior year, a journalism major applies to the specific “track” they want to follow (Broadcast News, Photojournalism, Print Journalism, or Multimedia Journalism.)
As I mentioned, it was my total intent to focus on Broadcast Journalism so that I could really be majoring in as many radio-specific categories of my majors as possible. Now, because I added Journalism this semester and am almost a junior, I ought to be applying for my specific track at the end of spring.
However, I am not enrolled in J315 because during registration, I was NOT a Journalism major, which is required to add the class. So, I have two choices: apply next semester, and only study abroad in the summer (since the classes are pretty static for Broadcast and require certain semesters of attendance,) or go with the choice I am probably making.
That is, I am going to go into Multimedia Journalism instead and keep my studying abroad. I’ve been DYING to study abroad since I can remember, as I’ve mentioned before, and so I am really just not willing to give it up.
Plus, since what I’d really like to do includes Music Journalism, Radio, or working for a record label, I feel that I’ll still be appealing to people who might want to hire me in ANY of the three careers I’m seeking.
Anyway, the point to all of this is: there are ways of making things work if you decide to change your major in the middle of your college career, and there should be as little pressure as possible on you to figure out what you want to do until you actually try some courses out and see what you like!
With that anecdote, I’m off to shower and get to class. Have a great February 14th!