What does a jack of all trades, master of none major in?
October 17, 2013 11:45 AM Subscribe
I'm making it my goal this year to pick a major for Spring 2014 and actually see it through the end. The problem is I can't seem to stick with anything. I'm interested in almost everything. What do/have you done in this situation?
posted by Autumn to education (54 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
What usually happens is I'll be majoring in something, discover something else that fascinates me, and then either switch majors or take so many useless classes in that thing that I slow down my college progress considerably. I'm 6 years out of high school with nothing to show for it but a mish mash of credits that don't really transfer into any particular program.
I'm in love with learning. I like to learn about anything and everything; from science to art to math to animals to music etc etc etc. I'll pick up introductory books just to learn more, I take Coursera classes just for fun... you get the picture. As a result I have a little knowledge in a lot of different subjects, but I have issues focusing on one thing long enough to really get in depth about it and stomach the 2-4 years it takes to get a degree. When I finally do pick something to major in, I maybe get through half a semester before something else catches my interest and I feel like I've made a mistake major-wise and end up switching. It took me awhile to realize nothing I become interested in is really going to be "The One True Major" that I'll finally stick with... I just love learning for the sake of learning.
I can't be the only person like this. What did you do/major in in this situation? I know I can get a degree in something like "general arts," but that doesn't seem like it will help my career at all.
Please don't suggest not getting a degree; getting one is very important to me. I've just managed to severely mess it up thus far.