I once heard that 50 percent of first-years come into UNC as a biology major. I don't really have any data to support that, but it certainly feels true. I remember being a first-year and feeling like everyone was taking Biology 101. I was the only person in my first-year suite that wasn't a biology major at the beginning of the year.
But get this: I came in a psychology major. I told everyone that I was going to go to med school. And somehow, I really believed it. I told myself that I would actually enjoy going to school for that long, that I wanted to spend my life in the medical field and, God forbid, I was okay with wearing scrubs to work every day.
That ... dream ... lasted until about November of my first year, when I decided to become a public relations major, which is, arguably, the antithesis of medical school. I picked it because I figured my dream job was working in communications in the fashion industry, and I haven't regretted it since.
I'm way happier with this choice than I would've ever been trying to pursue medical school. Furthermore, I'm humble enough to know I would've crashed and burned. How I convinced myself that I would still do well as a STEM major despite doing poorly in all math and science classes in high school is beyond me.
I sincerely hope that there are first-years at UNC right now who are figuring out their true passions and interests this year — even if it wasn't their initial plan. Who knows, maybe they'll find it in the seven new English concentrations that the English and Comparative Literature Department added this year.