A “Major” Decision: What Degree is Best for Me?

A huge question that all students face while attending undergrad is…how in the world do I pick a major?! And even more so, what major is going to help me figure out what I want to do with my life?!  Such a tough decision, especially when institutions provide such a variety of majors to choose from! Also, you’re 18 years old and you’re supposed to figure out what in the world to study and spend like a zillion dollars on for the next four years (umm jokes, I can’t even decide what I want to eat for dinner any given night let alone invest in a major)?!

Now, when you are an all-star like yourself and aspiring to attend PA school, I guarantee you you’ll be thinking of what the best major is to help you achieve your dream! This is awesome because you’re totally light-years ahead of the game!

If the idea of committing yourself to a typical “PA-school worthy” major makes you run the other direction, then this post is for you!

What is the first major that you think of when narrowing in on a list of potential winners to get you into PA school: biology, chemistry, biochemistry? Obviously, the science side of majors is the classic degree to turn to, ensuring that you’re sending yourself down the right path towards PA school. But what if you find your heart pulling you in a different direction of studies?

Hold on to your seat folks, I’m about to blow your mind!

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I’m going to let you in on a little secret that not many people realize…you can basically get into PA school with any major your heart desires. I’m absolutely serious. As long as you take all those course prerequisites that are listed on various the PA programs’ websites, you’re golden!

Many people get fixated on the right major to choose, but for how much you’re spending on your bachelor’s degree, why the heck wouldn’t you study something you’re passionate about?! If you are an absolute nut for history…major in that! Does writing essays, poetry, or a good piece of literature give you warm fuzzies…english is the way to go (also, come help me write my blog because I am NOT an English pro. I apologize in advance for any typos), the possibilities are endless! You should never limit yourself by thinking science is the only way to go.

I promise you, I am not just saying this to say it. I have friends who have successfully matriculated into PA school majoring in history, english, philosophy, and so much more. My boyfriend just got accepted into medical school and he graduated with a mathematics degree (it baffles me how much he loves math because it kills me a little bit on the inside. When I looked at his math textbooks I swear it was written in a foreign language…props to all you mathletes out there, I am not one!) In fact, I’d reckon to say that the majority of people applying to PA school have some sort of science major tagged to their name, so an applicant that comes along with something different is bound to stick out (in a good way)!

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Undergrad, no matter where you go, is going to have a pretty hefty price tag to it. For me, the price tag of college fell on my shoulders and I worked my butt off to keep those loans down (seriously, at one point I think I worked at like 5 jobs and was taking 24 credits to finish school in 3 and a half years. I would go from modeling, to being a receptionist at our college’s front desk, to lifeguarding, and then to the library…I was a constant blur of motion for most of my undergrad). The point of this is, when you’re not only financially invested, but also committing a good chunk of time towards your degree…you might as well enjoy it. Although I looked a bit like the Tasmanian devil rolling through campus…I absolutely LOVED studying for my courses because they were interesting to me and I had a passion for them! Undergrad may be the longest 4 years of your life if you choose something that is less than enthralling to you!

In closing, I’ll finish off with a quote I absolutely adore and think is quite applicable to this topic.

T.D. Jake said once “If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you directly to your purpose”

If that doesn’t resonate with you…I’ll leave you with this one: You do you.

-J

 

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