Hi all. I'm hoping my fellow MR members can provide some insight about graphics design careers. It's beginning to become important that I know my major. I'm currently a freshman at the University of Minnesota, where I'm "undeclared." If I want to do this, I have to do it now, since Graphics Design is all or nothing for 4 years. So here is what's influencing my decision, at this point: The college with graphic design only admits in the Fall, and the deadline for applying is already over. I've contacted the college to see if I can still apply, but I haven't heard from them yet. My parents would be okay if I had to stay another year. Minneapolis is 2nd in the nation for graphics designers, with a lot of excellent firms and studios, advertising etc. I would have an internship and probably not have much trouble finding a decent job after school. I've always wanted to be a writer, a profession of uncertainty to say the least. I also love English, which is why I was originally considering an English major with a minor in Psychology. I have thought about teaching or business, but nothing in specific. English is a very versatile major. If I chose English, I would still probably be in school for another 4 years, maybe more if I went to grad school. I've always enjoyed and been proficient at both, with my writer goal being more distant and fulfilling, than say a near-future profession such as graphic design. Working with Photoshop on my Mac, making websites and graphics, these have always been "fun" -- but I wouldn't consider them the same type of goal as being a writer, if that makes any sense... it's more of a dream. If I did Graphic Design, I would still probably pursue being a writer. However, I don't know how much time I would have for that, or how much being an English major would help my writing... Another option would be Psychology, as I'm very personally interested in it and would like to conduct research through the university about depression. I've also started a depression-awareness group on campus. With Graphics Design, this would probably be hard to do as a minor. I hear the workload is crazy. I haven't thought much about my professional/financial setting. I'm not very fond of cubicles (who is?) but if I have a Mac and some windows (pun not intended) I would be OK. In contrast, staying on campus seems like it would be fun, and very low paying. Money isn't really a big thing (or else being a writer would suck), but I do tend to have expensive tastes... damn you Apple. So, that's my dilemma. I love Macs, I love Photoshop, I've made lots of websites (with huge emphasis on design and graphics, as opposed to code and function like PHP or something), but I also have these other dreams and interests. My parents are encouraging either way but they seem to favor the certainty of a design major... One question I have is, how much do people usually like their majors? Do I have to be a total design freak for this major? Would it be a mistake if I wasn't? Any thoughts, suggestions, experience is greatly appreciated... THANKS!