When you pick a major, you inherently don’t pick another major. You give up infinite potential lifetimes for whichever one you’re going for now.
Opportunity costs like this are the perfect breeding ground for uncertainty — and that uncertainty is bred very successfully. Various studies have found anywhere from 50% to 80% of students changing their major at least once in their college career.
So in today’s episode, we talk a bit about the decision-making involved in choosing or leaving a major.
Things mentioned in this episode:
- How to Make the Most of Your Language Class (Ep. 162)
- The Dip, by Seth Godin
- Derek Sivers’ notes on The Dip
- The sunk cost fallacy
- So Good They Can’t Ignore You, by Cal Newport
- Cal Newport – The Roberts Method: A Professor’s Advice for Falling in Love With Your Major
- Derek Sivers’ notes on So Good They Can’t Ignore You
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