Why should I trust myself and have confidence in my decisions? I am an undecided major, and because I haven't a clue, it is really making me question whether or not I am bright/ good enough to make decisions. Adding to that I feel quite stupid being an undecided major. What do you think Charlie?
You say that you are losing confidence in your decisions, that you have not decided on a major yet, and that it makes you feel stupid. Additionally, you worry that you are not capable of making any other decisions, or trusting yourself. Charlie hears your concerns.
Charlie wants you to know that it is very common to have a hard time deciding on a major. Actually, about 50% of all college students end up switching their majors before graduating, meaning that once they have chosen, many still end up changing their minds. Charlie hopes this helps you realize that you certainly are not alone in your struggle to decide. Not being able to decide is not a reflection on your intelligence or character. It means you are in an earlier stage of your career development path, and it may be beneficial to get some assistance from some trained professionals to help you begin to make some decisions about your career.
You mention that you “don’t have a clue” about your major. Charlie is not sure how long you have been a student, but regardless if you are a freshman or a senior, Charlie can offer you some general suggestions about how to help narrow down your choices. The first step is to clarify your values, interests, and skills. Knowing yourself, who you are and what you want out of life will help you to clarify what career will be a good fit for you and which major will help you get there. Charlie knows his friends at the Counseling Center can help you explore your values, interests, and skills through taking some career assessments and feedback. Additionally, you may want to start with a career assessment you can do on your own from the Counseling Center’s website, called SIGI 3: http://cms.bsu.edu/campuslife/counselingcenter/careerassess/sigi3instructions
Once you have a better sense about your values, skills, and interests, you can begin to search for which careers fit those things you have identified as important to you. Charlie encourages you to contact my friends at the Counseling Center (765-285-1736) to get started on this process.
Here’s to feeling more hopeful about your future, Charlie.
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