“So, what are you going to major in?” Cue the facepalm. Just because you know where you want to go to college doesn’t mean you know what you want to study.

Sometimes God leads you to a place and then reveals the plan. That’s what senior Daria Brandt found to be true when she was an undeclared student. “It was a little embarrassing to say I didn’t know what I wanted to study, but I had to trust that God would use me as long as I pursued him.” 

Daria knew George Fox was the school for her, and she was confident she’d find a major where she would thrive. Here’s how she tackled her decision:

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After spending thoughtful time investigating her options, Daria landed on a psychology major. The professors were a strong draw, and she loved how applicable the field is no matter the profession she lands in someday.

The concepts that I learned in many of my early psychology classes were things I could apply no matter where I go, what I do or where God calls me,” she says. “The content has been challenging and applicable and Christ-centered.” 

She is coupling her major with a ministry minor because of the ways her classes have continually pushed her relationship with God forward, and because they’ve revealed the presence of Christ not only in things that are considered sacred, but in those things considered secular, too.  

“Coupling my psychology major with a Christian ministries (theology) minor has helped me to see how Christ works in the world, no matter the setting.”

Looking back on her experience as an undeclared student, Daria wouldn’t change a thing. “I would actually encourage people to come into college undecided if they don’t know what they want to major in,” she says. “Don’t just pick a major because it’s the major to pick or it sounds easy. Pick it because God is calling you to it and it brings you life. College reveals what you’re really passionate about!”

 

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Sarah has spent a decade at George Fox -- first as a student and now as an administrator. When she's not at work, she's digging in her garden or on an adventure with her family. Must haves include coffee, fresh flowers, and street tacos.

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