Choosing Your Major

One of the most important things you will do after choosing what school you would like to attend is what you want to major in. Now, this does not need to be done in your freshman year, but your sophomore year you should at least have a good idea about what you would like to major in.

On average, students change their major three times, which is fine, but what happens when you choose a major and take classes in that major, then change again take more classes and change yet again. Sure, those credits count towards graduation, but you need to take certain classes in the major you want to graduate with so make sure you leave yourself ample time to switch, without harming your graduation date.

If you are truly at a loss for your major, go to your school’s career center to see what areas best suit you. There is something out there for everyone. Try doing this your freshman year so you have an idea. Schools might try to pressure you to pick your major right away, but keep in mind that might not be your best decision. If you have no idea what you want to do, do not panic. Just get your general education classes out of the way and in the meantime do some research and see your academic advisor.

The combination of your school’s career center, plus your academic advisor, along with your research should point you in the right direction and allow you to make an educated decision. Instead of wasting your time taking classes you do not need, taking your time in choosing your major is the best way to go.

Remember, you are new to the college scene so any bumps you may encounter while trying to figure out your major are completely normal. Talk to other students and see what their majors are and what steps they took to get there. Choosing a major is not life threatening as you can always change it, but it is better to only have to make that decision once so brush up on your interests and see what you can do!


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