Hi everyone! I am currently an undergrad finishing up my prerequisites to get into an accelerated nursing program but i'm having HUGE problems choosing a major. I've heard that your major doesn't matter when it comes to applying, as long as you fulfill the prerequisites. But is that really true? Science is not my strongest area, so I was thinking of balancing the requirements with something I enjoy such as majoring in Japanese (I know, very very un-nursing related). But my parents and my sister do not support my decision which is really slowing down my decision to major in anything at all. My biggest concern is that if I choose to take a break right after college or if unfortunately I don't get into nursing school right away, when I take a break, I'll have a hard time finding a job if I major in Japanese. And of course, there is the concern that nursing schools may not prefer someone who graduated with that major.
To sum things up, I'm just really confused right now and sooooo stressed out because I have to declare a major SOON. I'm just really not looking forward to focusing only on science. If I choose a science major, because I am starting it late, I won't even have time to take classes that I'll enjoy and that'll give me a break away from the science-related stress. Does anyone have any advice?
Btw, I've read many of the posts here and I just wanna say thank you to everyone who has posted very insightful information!
Jan 18, '07
My impression of second degree programs is most take people who have a wide range of majors in their first BA/BS. The point of a second degree program is for those of us who decided we wanted to be nurses after we got our first degree. If you look at almost any school that has a second degree program you will see they discuss this idea that people decide to become nurses who didn't work in a related science field or take science classes the first time around. A lot of second degree students end up taking their prereqs after they graduate with their first degree.
The point of a liberal arts education is so you can critically analyze anything and are well rounded. I was a psych major and all of my jobs outside of college have had nothing to do with psych-although one of my college profs would say any job, especially retail, you use psych in. When I started college, I thought I wanted to go to med school and my advisor said I had to major in bio or chem but I was convinced I could get in to med school, even if I majored in Psych since that is where I was interested in having my major. In the end I never did apply to med school.
I say major in Japanese. You may change your mind about nursing. Japanese will be an asset when you apply to nursing school especially if you are fluent since you will be able to help people who only speak Japanese. I wish I had better luck learning a foreign language. I studied Japanese culture in college and enjoyed it.
Last edit by masstudent on Jan 18, '07
Jan 18, '07
I totally agree with vtprenursingstudent.
Definately major in what YOU want to do and not what other people think you should do, trust me when i say you will be much much much happier in the long run.
I too had med school aspirations, and no real guidence as to what it took to get there. So i majored in bio because i thought that was the thing to do, what i really wanted to major in was english and creative writing. I was miserable as a bio major, it was cut throat, and i spent two years confused, failing classes, not knowing what to do and almost got kicked out of school. In the end all i could do was switch majors, nothing i was thrilled with but it was something i could do to finish school, i no longer had the luxury of choosing what i liked. Im not working with my major either, but I did get a job that eventually exposed me to nursing and helped me to make my decision.
Do what you want to do, at the end of the day its you who has to sit in the class, and you who have to do all the work.
Last edit by shippoRN on Jan 18, '07