How Do You Prefer Your Shrimp? Choosing a College Major

Posted on September 20, 2011 with No Comments

In the movie Forrest Gump (1994), Forrest befriends Bubba, a soldier with a passion for shrimp.  In a scene from the movie, Bubba explains the many ways shrimp can be prepared:

Just like the many options that exist for preparing shrimp, there is a wide array of possibilities for college majors.  You will invest much of your time and energy into the major of your choice, so it should be something that excites you.  Additionally, you probably want to know that the major you choose will lead to gainful employment that keeps you satisfied beyond your years in the classroom.

You should feel empowered to study what you love, in spite of the myths that exist that may make it scary to do this:

Myth: You’ll never get the job you want unless you pick the “right” major.
Truth: Students across all academic disciplines land exciting jobs every day!

Myth: Everyone in my life will disown me if I choose the “wrong” major.
Truth: While your choice of major may prove to be shocking to others in your life at first, you will find encouragement and support from others throughout your process.

It is important to explore your options.  UVM has a very rich, diverse curriculum and faculty and staff who are here to support your learning.  You can also research possible majors and career outcomes by using the resources offered by Career Services, and outside resources (such as MyMajors.com).  You should gather as much information as you need to make your decision comfortably and confidently.

If you are a current UVM student and want to talk more about choosing a major, please come to drop-in hours at Career Services, L/L E-140, Monday- Thursday from 1-4, or at the Davis Center on Tuesdays from 11-1, in Rosa Parks Place.

~Ashley

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