Thursday, January 25, 2018

How to Choose Your Major

(Me on my campus!)
You are starting college soon and you don't know what to major what? Well, hopefully, that is the question I am going to assist you in answering with today's blog post! 

Every college student has been in this position before. We have all had to make the decision about what area of study to pursue during our undergraduate college experience and it can be overwhelming, especially if you do not have an idea of what to study. Personally, it took me a year or so in high school to gather my thoughts together before I knew exactly what I wanted to do, but there is no time frame. You have to figure out what major works best for you depending on your strengths and your interests. Just remember that you are not alone in your search for a major. There are people out there who will help you with this process until you figure out what you are looking for! Down below, I am providing you with some tips that may ease you into the process. 

1. Consider Your Interests 
What interests you? That is the most important question to consider when figuring out which major to study. College is not like high school where you will only be enrolled in core classes. College provides you with the opportunity to explore an area of study that you are passionate about. Dedicating time to determining your interests is the best place to start. 

2. Determine Your Strengths
Which subjects do you have a niche for? There are certain subjects that you may be stronger in than others, and if you are unsure about what to study, that is a great place to begin looking. Weighing your grades in high school, the classes you excelled in or any academic activities that you enjoyed are a few things to consider. 

3. Career Paths
What career opportunities will you have with your intended major? Starting a career after graduation in your area of study is the intended goal, although it does not always have to work out that way. Regardless of what you choose to pursue, make sure there are sufficient opportunities in your field so you do not struggle landing a position.  

4. Income 
While you should always choose to study the subject that interests you, some departments do make more money than others. Depending on what you value, researching the career opportunities and salary of a few intended majors is a viable option. While you want to pursue a major that you enjoy, you also want to live comfortably. 

5. Gain Real World Experience
If possible, attend a summer program or complete an internship in a field of study that interests you. By obtaining real world experience, you will be able to get a stronger feel for a department or major that you intend to study and possibly come to a conclusion about your feelings towards it. 

Thank you so much for reading, and if you have any questions regarding college, feel free to comment or reach out to me! 


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