Pros and Cons of Being Undeclared

When I started at Emerson College, everyone knew their major. We actually introduced ourselves as Name, Where I’m From, and My Major. At Emerson, there are only a few major “groups,” such as Writing, Literature, and Publishing (WLP) and Video Media Arts. Each of these groups cover dozens of concentrations, like animation, poetry, stuff like that.

No one at Emerson is undeclared. I’m surrounded by people who have never wanted anything but what their major is. The actors were born actors, the writers were born writers. And this is good, in part.

We all know what we want. I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was 7, or even younger. It’s just that I’ve never really got a chance to fall in love with anything else.

I spent and continue to spend a lot of my life reading and writing. I never put as much energy into anything else. I can’t help but wonder…if I had electives, open blocks like undeclared people do, would I fall in love with meteorology, or fashion design, or something else I’d never thought about trying?

Of course, the pros are hard to ignore. I have years of practice behind my work, I don’t have to worry about what to do with my life (as much) and I can feel like I’m not wasting time in college. I just hope I don’t regret it.

They say you change careers a lot in life. How can that be, with non-undeclareds? I’ve wanted one thing for so long…and I’m going to change my mind? I can’t imagine.

That’s how it goes. I wish I could skip ahead. I feel ready. I know what I want…but I still have to learn it. Supposedly.

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