Choosing a major is difficult because it means a student has to disregard other majors to get one, according to several BYU-Hawaii students.Ben Bailey, a BYU PhD graduate intern-student working in the BYUH Counseling Services office, said there were many factors or reasons for students being unsure about which major to choose. “They are really worried that what they end up studying is going to be what they end up having a career in,” he said, though he added that students don’t always end up in a career related to their major.
Mion Tanaka, a freshman from Japan with an undeclared major, said, “I feel rushed because this is my second semester, and my friends have already started taking major classes,” she said. “I’m taking GE classes to find what I want to major in, but I still can’t find it out.”
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Riley Weston, a sophomore from Oregon studying computer science, said he chose his major because he loved all his technology classes in high school. “My biggest advice for newer students would be to really put yourself back into high school and look at what you saw yourself leaning more toward. There was always one class that you really enjoyed more than the rest,” he said.
Ben Papeo, an alumni from Italy who graduated this year in psychology, said he read the book “Major Decisions” by President Henry B. Eyring while he attended LDS Business College. The book mentions the website mynextmove.org, so he said he visited the site and took an assessment test to find out what his interests were.
According to Papeo, students question how they can choose only one of several majors to pursue a specific career because …