Live & Learn: Exploring Your Major

This blog is directed more towards the first year and second year students here at Utica College.

It is never too late to explore your major. It’s all about doing some research. I switched my major from Occupational Therapy to Psychology-Child Life in the beginning of my sophomore year. One day I decided to look into what Occupational Therapy was all about and I realized it wasn’t really for me. I also had been working in the Occupational Therapy office here on campus and was with the OT professors on a regular basis talking about what this field was all about.

I remember the phone call to my mom like it was yesterday explaining that OT really isn’t something I am interested in anymore. She is a wonderful support system and was so excited when I told her what I really want to do. I have always been interested in psychology and working with children so when I was looking into the other majors that Utica College offered, I stumbled upon Psychology-Child Life. Within this major, there are two different concentrations – Child Studies and Child Life Specialty. I am interested in the Child Life Specialty concentration because Child Life Specialists usually are working in the hospital and I have always enjoyed that setting.

If it wasn’t for me doing some research about Occupational Therapy, I wouldn’t have discovered something that I am so much more interested in. I am so excited to one day be able to say that I am a Certified Child Life Specialist. With a little more schooling to go, I will soon be able to wake up every morning and head to my dream job.

Whether you are majoring in business, history, or psychology, do a little research. You don’t want to be going into your senior year and then thinking, “What am I doing, I don’t want to do this!” I know it is hard that we are suppose to figure out what we want to do before we are even legally allowed to drink, but some research about what you are interested definitely won’t hurt!

Lastly, if you have absolutely no idea where you see yourself in the next five years… head to see one of the Academic Coaching Experts, also known as Utica College’s ACEs. Frank, Lauryn, and Brittnee would be more than happy to point you in the right direction!

The ACE Lauryn Davis and I being silly at the Major Minor Mixer hosted by RA Angela Malaspina.
The ACE Lauryn Davis and I being silly at the Major Minor Mixer hosted by RA Angela Malaspina.