Interviewers and fans frequently ask me what my college major was, but the answer isn’t anything revealing. A lot of students obsess about what their major will be, but how many of them really have a clear plan when they are eighteen? When I was in college, I was floating. I didn’t know what to major in, so I chose communications and psychology, simply because those were the classes that worked in my schedule. There was no rhyme or reason to it; I had no dedicated focus at the time.
College can be an amazing experience and it’s almost always going to benefit you later, in ways you can’t even imagine when you are doing it. However, like anything else, college itself isn’t for everyone. Truthfully, if I had skipped college, I would have had the opportunity to do more professional work, earlier. However, I know that even though I didn’t progress from a dedicated major to a specific career in the traditional way, college taught me so much about the world and dealing with people and how to reach goals and finish things.
Depending on who you are and what you want to do, your major matters less than what you choose to do now. So what if your college major has nothing to do with your current passion, whatever it is? It’s never too late to act on your interests. If I had a clearer vision when I was younger, I might have gone to school for broadcast journalism, or studied nutrition, or even theater. Then again, If I had been more focused in college, I might never have ended up with the life I have now, in which it has been so beneficial for me to know a lot about a wide range of things. So in some ways, I’m glad I didn’t know what I was doing. A the time, I just wanted to get in and get out.
If you feel like you chose the “wrong” major or you never finished or went to college, that’s all part of your path – but choose a path, whether you get a job straight out of high school or you spend years earning your PhD in a specialized field, whether you take a year or two off to work or see the world first, or join the Peace Corps, or whether you never went to college at all. Be proud of your life and your path. In the real world, you can change your “major” whenever you choose.
This is an excerpt from A Place of Yes by Bethenny Frankel, available on Amazon.com.