I know it can feel like everything hinges on deciding your major before you start college, but I hope you're not stressing too much over it. The truth is, college is a great place to figure out what you want to study (even if you think you already know). I considered a few other careers like architectural rendering and medical illustrator, mostly at the urging of my father (a college social worker and guidance counselor). In the end, however, I knew that Visual Communication offered me the greatest flexibility in pursuing a job as a Creative after I graduated.
I had friends and met plenty of other students who were undecided for their first couple of YEARS of college. Some people just need to try different things before deciding which one is the best fit. In some ways, I wish I had been more experimental with my class choices when I was in school. I was pretty focused on my degree plan, and probably missed out on some educational opportunities that may have impacted the way I work today.
Ultimately, you need to decide whether you want to express your creativity visually, through food, or utilizing science. That's not to say there can't be any crossover between those choices. It's more a matter of where you want to focus the majority of your energy and talents. Self-doubt is fairly common, but don't let that incapacitate you. Pick a direction, give it your best effort, and see where it takes you. Even though it may not feel like it, rest assured that you can always change your mind and try something else if your first choice doesn't work out. Trust your instincts, and have fun in school. Good luck!
Darryl recommends the following next steps:
- Research, read, and do as much as possible to figure out the pros and cons of your various choices. There is no such thing as a career with no negative aspects. Decide which items are tolerable, and which are not acceptable.
- Once you've made a decision, attend enough classes and submerge yourself as deeply as necessary to see if the course work is going to benefit you in the long run. If you're constantly frustrated and/or feel like you're just going through the motions because its part of your declared major, stop and re-evaluate your decision. It's better to figure this out while you're still in school than to graduate with a degree in something you have no interest in pursuing as a career.
- Take advantage of being a student! Talk to classmates, teachers, and others about ANYTHING you're questioning. You will literally never have better access to other people and their opinions than when you're in school.