How To Choose a College Major

Choosing a college major will be one of the most important things you do in your life.  When it comes to picking your profession for the rest of your life, it becomes pretty serious business.  College majors have expanded these days.  You do not have to become a doctor or a lawyer; there are many other options.  Let's look at some things to consider first before choosing a major.

  1. What do you want to be when you grow up?  This is a question we hear all too often when we are  growing up.  Every child has a dream.  The fact is, some children do grow up to accomplish their dreams.  If you have always wanted to be a dentist from the time you were small and the passion still resides with you today, then by all means, your mind is probably made up.  It is also important to view these choices realistically.  Often these professions are  huge ones that take a lot of schooling.  You may want to become a veterinarian, but the only school for that in your state did not accept you.  This does not mean you are not smart and worthy of an incredible career; it just means that the field is extremely competitive and few will get into the program.
  2. What are your interests?  What are the things you like to do most?  This is by far the most important thing to remember when you are choosing a college major!  If you choose a college major that you are passionate about, that will lead to a career that you are passionate about, and a happy life.  There are so many things to consider.  Let's take this example.  A girl grows up and all through high school, shopping is her main priority.  She is always dressing the best and coming up with the newest and most creative outfits at school.  She is always starting trends.  To most, this girl probably seems like your typical fashion- and popularity-obsessed teenager, when in fact you should be seeing a future fashion apparel design major at the nearest college.  Do you love to write?  Major in journalism.  Do you love to draw?  Major in art.  Do you love kids?  Become a teacher.  Do you love collecting rocks?  Become a geologist!
  3. Consult a career counselor.  If you choose to wait until you get a few months or even years into college before choosing a major, it may be a good idea to go and see a career counselor.  They can often provide you with literature and booklets on different majors and what careers you can have with them.
  4. How much will that profession pay?  Only considering the amount of money you will make will most likely get you into a major that you do not enjoy.  This will lead to a job you do not enjoy!  Your interest is always first priority!  Of course we all want to make top dollar, but the saying that you cannot always put a price on happiness is true.  It would be a shame to attend college for four years for something you end up not enjoying.
  5. Take your time!!  You do not have to choose a major as soon as you get to college.  In fact, if you are organized enough, you can wait until your sophomore or even the beginning of your junior year.  Most colleges will make you take some university-required courses.  These courses are in order to make the students more well-rounded, so they often provide a lot of different experiences for them.  Consider taking some of these courses first, especially if you are unsure of your decision.

Choosing your college major does not have to be hard, it just has to be well thought-out!  Good luck!


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