Annie Mae Platter
Photos by Nick Onken.

“Major” Decisions

“What are you going to be when you grow up?”

Think back to how many times you were asked that as a child. No doubt more than a few! Now that you are “up,” you’re supposed to have it all figured out, right? Wrong!

“It’s kind of ridiculous to expect college students to know exactly what they want to do forever,”explains Karen Altus, career counselor in Seattle Pacific University’s Center for Career and Calling. “If you talk to anyone who is 30, 40, or 50, and ask them if they’re doing what they thought they’d be doing when they were 18, 19, or 20, the answer is not very often going to be ‘yes!’”

Choosing your major is a daunting task, one that often only generates more options. Your major is not the grand dictator of your future, but rather it gives you the keys to open doors that can lead to meaningful life experiences and promising job opportunities. Need some proof? Philip Eaton, SPU’s president, got his undergraduate degree in English literature, and Phil Knight, the co-founder of Nike, got his in journalism.

It has been proven that if you like what you do, you will do it well, and have the freedom to pursue other passions in your life. So rather than stress about what you are going to be doing in 10 years, find what you love to do now. Set goals and work hard toward them. Make “major” decisions for today, and trust God with tomorrow.

For more information about career guidance, workshops, and major exploration classes, visit the Center for Career and Calling at

By Junior Annie Mae Platter

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