In this new article you’ll find out how to choose a university major. Your choices at school can make or break you. Most students who are struggling to choose their major are torn apart because their college does not have what they need. If you are dying to decide to take up your major, keep this advice in mind.
The first step to success in choosing a major is to ensure you apply to schools with a number of things that interest you. That’s what I do, and I’m very grateful for it! Don’t focus too much on the name of the school. I do not mean to apply anywhere. Apply to a school that’s at your academic level, and perhaps one or two higher. You want to be challenged and learn wherever you go.
Once you have a list of schools you want to go to, peruse their list of majors. Make a list of things you would consider AND that sound fun. Take a look at the types of courses you will be taking for the major. For the major you are considering, ensure the course gives you enough depth for what you are trying to find.
If your college has numerous schools within it (business school, liberal arts, etc.) ensure you have options at different colleges. However, ensure you do not have to apply individually to each school.
By the way, pick some interesting majors that you might choose at each school. Don’t forget to have lots of choices at the school you really want to go to. It’s easier to switch majors within the same school, so have a number of options.
If you know what you want to do so badly that your heart aches, ensure the school you choose has the best program for that subject. However, do not let that stop you from looking at other majors when making your decision. With each major I select, for a moment, I believe it is for me.
College has a way of revealing a lot about us. We grow to better understand who we are without factors like family and childhood friends clouding our judgment. You could end up on a fully different path.
As soon as he entered school and commenced taking classes, he fell in love with the business school and its opportunities. He’s not a flip-flopper like me, so it is a drastic change. I believe the lesson here is to be open to the probabilities and experiences that college can provide for you.
How to Choose a College Major
CATALOG AND ADVISORY
Many schools provide you with a physical copy of their catalog, so take advantage of that. When you are at the school you want, bookmark that catalog! Use lots of sticky notes, highlighters, whatever makes you feel organized!
Take advantage of your advisors! They really get paid to help you set up your major. Don’t feel as if you’re bothering them with anything. Let them help you. They are an amazing resource!
You’ll refer to your catalog to keep track of the courses you have taken, so ensure you bookmark what you have done in them. It’s also a good idea to look around at other majors and their courses to consider entry-level classes that would be fun to take.
You might want to take an art class for a brain break, or a political science class to get more information about how our government works! Get your money’s worth and get all the information you can! It’s right there in your grasp! Take advantage!
Remember when I said to keep track of the classes you have taken? Do the same with the number of hours you have completed. This is essential. You want to be sure that you are on course for graduation. Don’t put yourself in a summer school situation unless 15-18 hour class load is too much per semester.
Some majors have heavy class loads, so stay on course! Don’t rely solely on your primary adviser for this. Start this habit early. It’s also great if you want to have multiple majors or minors.
Let’s get back to the main topic, choosing your major. When you take classes in a particular field, make a list of your strengths and weaknesses. You can do this even in highschool. If you were on the verge of flunking Biology, that might be a sign. If you all the time top your English class, make a note of it. The major should compliment you.
One of its main responsibilities is to solidify your knowledge and make you a stronger and more marketable candidate for the “real world”. You will not be a better version of yourself if you approximately fail at anything you set out to take on. College should not be a major struggle academically. It should be challenging, but your health comes first. If you find that you are not getting better at a subject after doing your best, working with the teacher, and using all available resources, stop working on it. You are most probably missing your true calling.
Departments typically have “weeding” classes that determine who is a good fit for the major. I learned quickly to watch my progress in those classes. That’s how I eliminated several majors from my list.
CAREER VERSUS HOBBIES
Understand the difference between a career and a hobby. One thing I’m struggling with is weeding out majors that I’ll only be using on the side. You want your major to build your resume with skills that will benefit your future employer. Your main source of income, it’s to be expected, will be influenced by your major in some way.
Your career is a job with an end goal that you want your major to reflect or help in some way. Hobby is something you do on the side. It’s not where you get your main source of income. You can take breaks from your hobby as often as you like. Don’t choose a major that makes you bored quickly. Let it be something you can see using every day.
Think about your interests and what you like. What do you not mind getting up and doing every day? Consider this seriously when you choose your major.
If you want to take some classes for outside interests, take the minors. Minors can complete your major, but they do not have to! They can be a fascination for photography that you cannot forget, or a desire for more math in your life. If you end up passionate about more than one thing, make a four-year plan and see if you can fit a double or even a triple major into it.
You can even have multiple minors if you have multiple side interests. Take advantage of your on-campus clubs and organizations for strong interests, but not strong enough to take lots of classes. You can even see if there are any clubs related to your major or minor for extra fun and connections!
If you are still drawing a blank after reading all this, you may just need to take the required general education classes before deciding. There’s nothing wrong with entering college undecided. Remember this the next time a thousand people ask you what your college goals will be when you graduate from highschool.
You can have fun because first year of college is actually about discovering yourself and what you love. Be open, adventurous, and have fun! College changes everybody, and folks who are indecisive sometimes have a better time than people like me who all the time need to strive for something! Don’t stress, but ensure you take a few of these tips and implement them.
When you are asked to declare a major, life will be much easier. You do not have to stick with what you have stated, but at that point, you might want to have some ideas. If you are super anxious after highschool, you can honestly consider a gap year. Get a job to gain labor experience, and consider what you want to get out of life. Try not to fall into the “money is everything” trap.
Have standards that let you live comfortably and enjoy life.