Major Issue

Out of the challenges I’ve faced so far in life—moving to a new country, adapting to a new culture, learning a new language—choosing a major that would set my career path for life has proven to be one of the hardest ones.

As an immigrant who moved to the U.S. in 2013, the level of my English comes as a surprise to most people. I’ve always enjoyed reading and writing, and those skills transferred to my new language from my native one, Portuguese. My first home here was a dorm where absolutely no one spoke my first language: I either learned the new one or I wouldn’t be able to communicate at all.

My high school experience also made a big difference. Without the classes I took and the encouragement of my English teacher, I wouldn’t be able to express my thoughts the way I do today, whether in written or spoken English. I even won the English department award my senior year. It was clear to me then that my college path was set in stone.

So, I started college as an English major. Something you’ll hear a lot in college is people asking you what your major is. And, unless you’re a nursing major, you’d better prepare yourself for the follow-up: “And what do you want to do with it?” All I knew was that I didn’t want to be a teacher. After that, my mind was practically a blur. I had a feeling in the back of my mind that I couldn’t shake off. Is this where I’m supposed to be? Is this what I’m supposed to be doing?

After a lot of observation, deliberation, and career appointments at Lynn Wood Hall, I decided to switch majors. I had met and talked with people in different departments, and I found my home in the School of Journalism and Communication as a communication studies major. If I’m being completely honest, I’m not sure if I will be graduating with this major or whether I’ll opt for something else closely related. What I know is that college is a journey to self-growth and discovery, and that’s definitely what I’ve been doing.  

With that said, this notion that us young people need to know exactly where we are going in life to be on the right path reeks of misguidance. As Christians, we also know that God’s plans for us are much bigger than our own. If I could go back in time and talk to myself on the first day of college, I would’ve told myself that I don’t have to have everything figured out. Success is in the path, not the destination. Every day is an opportunity to learn something different about yourself, maybe tweak your direction a few degrees, and give all problems—major and minor—to our all-knowing God.

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Isa is a sophomore comm studies major from Florida who loves doing a little bit of everything: sports, reading, singing, and writing for The College Life blog. Check out more of her writing at  


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