Choosing Your Major: Freshman Engineering Edition

Declaring and committing to a major can be an extremely difficult and stressful task. Not many people are aware that they have until the end of their spring semester freshman year to decide which engineering major they want to pursue. This allows ample opportunity to research what department they may be interested in. But the bigger question is, how do I go about it? A simple answer to this question is to utilize the people around you. Asking professors, counselors/mentors, upperclassmen, and even your fellow classmates about their major and department will help aid in your decision-making process.

Personally, I came into college thinking that automotive engineering was the only career path within the industry because that’s all I have ever been exposed to. After attending the EOF (Educational Opportunity Fund) Program here at Rutgers, I learned that there was so much more to engineering than what is generally perceived. With the 10 different majors provided at our school, you could really work for any company out there. I ended up learning that Industrial and Systems Engineering is actually something I am very passionate about and saw myself doing long-term. Part of this process was doing my own research and narrowing down my top 3 potential majors within the School of Engineering. Afterwards, it was as simple as asking questions to the people around me; seeing what they were passionate about, what they liked and disliked within their major, and how their, if any, interests would resonate with me. However, it is extremely important to remember that even if you feel like you made the wrong decision after your freshman year, it's never too late to change and follow your heart. Good luck and I’m sure it will all work out!
-Martina, ISE’22