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October 14, 2015

Choosing Your College Major

Choosing your college major may seem like a daunting task for many; it’s choosing what you want to do with the rest of your life, right? Many high school students panic at the prospect of arriving at college with absolutely no idea what they want to do. But having an undeclared major in college is perfectly acceptable, as is changing majors.

Truth be told, more than 50% of college students change majors at some point during their college career! But there are a few things that you can do to help in making this decision.

The first thing that you should do when considering your college major is to think about your interests. Do you like to write? Are you interested in the weather? These types of questions will help get your brain going.

Once you have a few interests listed, start considering the skills you possess. What are your strengths and weaknesses? Maybe you’re interested in the medical field, but you aren’t so great at science. Maybe you’ve realized that you’re particularly great at math! Taking into consideration the things that you’re good at—and the things that you’re not so good at—will help narrow down a few of your options.

Another helpful tip is to think about your long-term goals.  Do you want to help people, hands-on? Are you looking for flexibility? Are you interested in traveling for work? The answers to questions like this give some indications of which majors will fit and which will not.

You should also reflect on your time in high school. Maybe you took a biology class and really enjoyed it; maybe you took a literature course and realized you weren’t that interested. Was there an extra-curricular activity that you participated in that really stuck out to you? Making use of your high school’s college preparatory resources is also a good idea. Advisors and counselors are available at most high schools to give out assessments and information for students looking into colleges.

Just remember that choosing your major for college isn’t necessarily deciding what you will do for the rest of your life. The average American changes careers four to five times during their working years! Your college major is just one step toward what you wish to accomplish in the future.

Mikayla Covington ’16

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