How To Select Your Major in College

We all can relate to, or will soon experience, senior year of high school when every person and their mother asks you, “What will you major in?”

Some people have known since day one what they want to do with their life and how they will accomplish that, but the majority of us actually have no idea. If you’re in that boat, I’m here to tell you that it’s totally normal. Many people go undeclared, and tons of people switch their major, sometimes several times before graduating.

Here are some tips for finding what’s right for you!

Tip #1: Think about what you are good at and capable of doing.

You don’t have to be absolutely head over heels in love with what you’re majoring in, but realistically you’d want to be good at it. I, for example, am not so great with science, so I knew that engineering or medical majors wouldn’t be right for me, but I have always been good with writing papers, so I went down the liberal arts path. It’s good to consider that this is something you’ll have to do everyday when you’re studying it, so you want to be sure you can enjoy it. You never want to do something just to impress others if it will stress you out.

Tip #2: Take different types of classes, internships, job shadowing, or anything you can to get a feel of what you’re getting into. Take your time in college as a learning experience!

A lot of us feel pressure to hurry up, graduate, and settle into the “real world.” Why is that? What good comes from hurrying through the best years of your life and settling into your adult life so early? Meet lots of different types of people and learn new things. Take this time to do lots of internships, study abroad, take a variety of classes, join different types of clubs, and learn about yourself. You’ll find that after you graduate college and secure a job, it’s hard to find time to do these things and you may regret it later.

So why not take the time now to really discover who you are? And not just about what job you want in the future, but in general! I learned in college that I found that I really prefer to get things done earlier in the day and to be able to come home and relax, so I prefer to take classes in the morning and early afternoon, as well as finish work by then. From this, I have learned that I definitely don’t want to have a job that will require me to work at odd hours. I’ve also learned that I love taking photos, so I want to find something that can allow me to incorporate that.

Take everything as a learning experience, and have fun with it!

Tip #3: You don’t actually need to know right now, and there is no need to worry because it will come to you naturally.

Even after you’ve graduated college with your declared major, you could end up doing something totally different. Steve Jobs and Bill Gates dropped out of college, and still found greater success later in life. I have a friend who majored in animal science who now works at a bank and loves it. I have another friend who majored in music but is now an Italian chef! You really never know where life will take you, but as long as you’re enjoying it, then that’s what really mattered.

It may not come to you right away, but like all things, it just takes time.

Good luck!

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