Before I bore you with my story, I think the best thing you should do when choosing a major is ask yourself what you would do if you didn't have to work. What is your passion, and then try to find something related to that. You may even think your passion is silly, or can't make any money, but I bet there is a way somehow that it can relate to something you love to do. Even if you have to take a few steps back in the college work you've already done - to make the right steps forward. This is the rest of your life we are talking about - and in my opinion, it's worth it.
It took me a while ot figure out what I wanted. Right out of high school, I went straight to college, and that was a mistake, because I partied way too much the first semester. Barely remember it.
And talk about GPA....eh, what GPA?!!
So I took a couple of years off and got tired of just trying to make ends meet I know I wanted something creative. I chose to study broadcast writing. This time in college, I worked my arse off, and ended up on the Deans list, and got scholarships that then helped pay for the rest of my college.
I then ended up doing an internship at a TV station. After my internship, I actually got a job at that TV station, as a production assistant in the department that did commercials, segments, PSA's and then in six months, I was promoted to Producer/Writer
IF I had to do it over again, I would have not continued to wear the producer hat for so long. It was such a stressful job for my nature. I think I was good at it because I can be a bit of a worry wart and am good at predicting things that can go wrong, and that is a quality that is needed in a producer, but I couldn't let it go when I would go home.
I then decided to freelance, so I could at least get a break (so I thought) when I wanted. My resume/demo site www.fosterideas.com
I ended up getting hired to write a 1/2 local special which won and Emmy and a Telly. But after that I was still hired to produce which I did do freelance for six years - up until this past January. I got burnt out. It seems all fun and exciting to others, but unless you are some big name talent, then you are pretty much a slave to the corporates who ACTUALLY control the content, and when no one wants to spend money to make something right, then it becomes a drag.
SO, I took a break in January, and just did things that I liked to do with no intention of making money, just to have fun. Well, that's how BinkyBunny.com started. The fun and relief that BinkyBunny gave me actually brought my creativity back, and I can feel my energy level coming back enough to start scriptwriting again. (However, we are in the middle of moving so I don't have much time for anything until we finish unpacking.
So the bottom line is if I had stuck with my original plan to write, I think I would have been more relaxed and happier. It took me a long time to not just go with the flow of the path, but to make my own path - and that can be scary, and that can be backstepping, but I what is equally scary (now that I experienced it) is being "stuck" in a career that you're not happy with. A job/career is such a huge part of your life.
It's at least 8 hours of your day, plus the time you get ready, and the time you travel to and from, and the time you wind down from, so you really looking at 10 hours.
So what would you like to spend 10 hours of your day doing? What are you good at. What can you do for long periods of time and it not burn you out? Math, Art, Athletics, do you have a hobby that you could intertwine into a career somehow?