“Be passionate about what you do”: this was one piece of advice that stuck with me and ultimately led to my decision to switch majors.
I started out studying Computer Science. I attended events hosted by companies and got involved with the Computer Science Department, eager to learn about what it took to be a Computer Scientist. I liked the problem-solving involved and the feeling when my code functioned correctly, but I felt like something was missing.
After looking at a few other programs, I set my focus on New Media Interactive Development (NMID), a program in the School of Interactive Games and Media. The thing that drew me to New Media was the fusion of logic and creativity. After completing almost a year in Computer Science, I felt like my right-brain was in need of exercise. I was ready to incorporate more visual and artistic aspects into my work; so, I applied for a change of program at the end of my freshman year.
I couldn’t be happier with my decision to switch to NMID. Since I’ve been in the new program, I’ve gotten the chance to work with more visual aspects of computing. I’ve learned about making interactions fun and engaging for users by working on apps and web pages, and I’ve truly been excited to work on New Media projects and assignments.
Deciding on a major is a big decision. For me, I had to learn what didn’t work before I found the right fit. If you’re wavering on your choice of major, consider what motivates and inspires you to find what you truly are passionate about.