College Tip #2: Don’t get a Minor, Discover your Passion
4 years ago, I had a question: “What minor should i choose”
My major was in Materials Science and Engineering but, since I had a lot of AP credit from highschool, I felt like I needed to get a minor. I just had to find the right one to choose. I looked into Architecture, Business, General Engineering, and Industrial Engineering.
I knew that my major wasn’t a perfect match for me, so I wanted to find a minor that would play into my interests and give me something useful to build off in the future. Fortunately, my older brother gave me some great advice based on some disappointments from his college experience. He told me, “don’t get a minor, instead just take courses in anything that interests you, psychology, music, whatever. You only get one chance to be in college so make the most out of the courses you can take”.
I ended up doing just that. I skipped out on choosing a minor (that would likely cause nothing other than unwanted headaches), and instead focused on the courses themselves.
Almost every semester of my undergraduate career, I found 1 or more courses that helped me discover my passion. I took courses in anthropology, psychology, human factors, drawing, entrepreneurship, consulting, user-oriented design, mechanical design, manufacturing, and industrial design.
My only disappointment is that I wish I had the opportunity to take even more courses in areas such as foreign language, marketing, and advertising.
If you are trying to choose a minor because you think it will look good on a resume, think again. From my experience, recruiters consider 2 factors more than everything else.
- 01 ) Your major
- 02 ) Your passion
So go out there and discover your passion. Find your happiness.