Meghan Roehm: Psychology Major
So, I am pretty excited because I just declared my major!! It’s a big deal for me because I had been so undecided when I came into college. I have always been interested in and mediocre at a lot of things, but never amazing at one specific area. I didn’t know if I should go into a field that I’m good at or that I love – which happened to be very different things in my case. I’ll kind of take you through the process of how I got here.
I took a class in the Fall of my Freshman year for Major and Career Exploration which really helped me see the differences between majors and careers. I always thought that the major defined the career, but quickly learned that is not the case at all. I was always interested in psychology but didn’t think there was much room to be diverse in the field. I thought either I’d have to be a counselor or social worker.
Taking the class made me go to the psychology department and specifically ask questions on what kinds of careers I can follow in psychology, what kind of undergraduate areas there were to study, the prestige of the psychology programs specifically at the University of Minnesota, and other such necessary information I would need to know if I chose to be in the field.
I decided I loved this. It was exactly the area that I wanted to go into with many different areas of focus available to study and get excited in. By the end of last year I had decided I wanted to study psychology as my major, but never found or took the time to finally make that appointment.
Finally, this year, I contacted the same woman (Holly Hatch-Surisook) who explained the psychology department to me for my research in the career class. She said all I had to do was come in and fill out a little questionnaire about myself and why I wanted to study psychology.
After an hour appointment, I knew exactly where I was going in life (at least for the next two years) which is especially relieving for me, since I like to have a plan.
So here I am now! Meghan Roehm: Psychology Major. I know it’s not as exciting as it sounds... but maybe some day you’ll understand! Until next time..stay warm =)