Final Decision? …Probably Not

So you have watched as I slowly narrowed down my options. Last two majors on my list are Landscape Architecture, and Animal and Veterinarian Science. This comes down to a true call of the heart. Remember when I said I wanted to give back to my community? Well for now I have decided I want to be a large animal veterinarian. This will allow me to stay close to home, and give back to the community, unlike landscape architecture. However, this is not final. There are still  many more things that I need to know about this major such as how good the program is at U of I, if there are better places to go, and if so how much do they cost? How many graduates get jobs right out of college? Can I start classes now? Do I need to study other things such as business and marketing? And the question I’m going to answer in my next blog: What exact kind of work will I be doing in this major?

Remember, when deciding the rest of your life, you can never know too much. I encourage anyone who is about to go to college to question everything about their major before they have to back peddle and change plans.

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Me enjoying my love of working with animals.

Exploring the Different Lives of Graduates of My Majors

I feel certain that most college students aren’t aware of what actual work they will be doing once they graduate. Even with the different majors I have been exploring I feel as if I too, am over my head. So you’ve read about the four majors I’m considering (if not click this link here,) why I’m considering them, the pathway to majoring in them, and helpful scholarships for them, but what is it really like to have one of these as a career? Lets find out!

Landscape Architect

When I first started watching this video I thought, “Oh no! This looks like an awful office job.” I’m the type of high-energy person that defiantly needs to get up, move, and work with my hands to have fun so I was relieved to see that as a landscape architect you actually get to travel to your site, look at existing features and plants, talk to your clients, and eventually supervise the remodeling or building process. I was also a little excited to see the landscaping software that this video shows on the computer. It is actually very similar to the same software that I have used and enjoyed in my landscaping class. The biggest thing that I took wasn’t the work or the software, but that this guy actually has fun! It looks like it too!

Farm Veterinarian

Wow! This guy stays very busy! This is defiantly a hands-on (or should I say hands-in? hehe,) kind of job. Just in these past years I have started working with animals such as cattle and swine, and I have discovered that I really love working with animals. A job as a farm veterinarian–or any veterinarian for that matter would be very exciting! It’s never the same either! In this video a farm veterinarian seems to always be offered different challenges, that’s one sure way that your job would never get boring.

Horticulturist

You’re probably thinking, “whoa whoa, slow down, what did you just say?” If you’re not thinking that, then your probably a big nerd like me and you know exactly what plants he’s mentioning, and what he is gonna say next. By the way–did you notice all those pot-bound roots? Anyway, I thought this video was just awesome. Once again you’ll see that this career is very hands-on and that it’s never the same boring routine. Being in a greenhouse is defiantly one of my favorite feelings–the moist warm air, the bright atmosphere, and that fresh quality soil smell–no it’s not dirt! After watching this video, horticulture is defiantly my top choice!

Crop Consultant

I didn’t need to watch this whole video–and sometimes you don’t! This is surely not the type of career for me. It defiantly seems high tech, and honestly, rather boring.

Tip for Choosing a Major

Something you should consider when choosing a major is what kind of work will you be doing and how much is it going to challenge you. For the four main majors that I’m exploring (Landscape Architecture, Animal and Veterinary Science, Horticulture, and Sustainable Crop and Landscape Systems,) there is one prominent kind of in class work that I will be doing… math. It’s one of my least favorite subjects, but seems how every single one of these majors requires several math classes, it’s hardly avoidable. Though I personally don’t like math, I know I can handle the obstacles these classes may propose. For those of you who can’t handle math I would consider finding a different career path. If you like math and one or more of these majors interests you but you can’t handle writing, you my want to go a different route.

Writing isn’t hard for me and I consider myself a good writer, yet it’s not something that I necessarily enjoy. With that standing, I was excited about these majors because I thought they don’t require writing other than note taking and such. I thought wrong. Typically, most agricultural related classes require hands-on learning, field trips, and lab projects, but once a semester they test your research and knowledge and students have to writing 1 to 2 critical thinking and research papers anywhere from 2 to 20 pages.

So remember when you are choosing a major to do something that you will either enjoy because it’s easy for you or enjoy because you like a challenge.

First blog post

Welcome to my blog! I made this blog to guide myself and other clueless people through exploring majors until we find one we love. If you haven’t already, go read my about page to find out about me and why I’m sharing my major exploration experience with you!