How to... Pick Your Major

Choosing a major is something that every college student must do, but how do you know which major is the right one for you? Some people begin college knowing what they want to be when they “grow up” and chose their major accordingly. But if you’re not sure what you want to do with your life, picking your major can be a daunting choice. Below, I’ve listed a few helpful tips for making this decision.

Take Required Courses First
Most colleges require students to take a set of general courses, and I couldn’t recommend taking as many of these classes as you can right off the bat. Common subjects areas include math, English, languages, science, and history. Many students dread these classes, and quickly use up their electives on “fun” or “easy” classes. Generals are a great way to become acquainted with the different subjects you can study at your college. And trust me, you do not want to be the lone Senior in English 101. Take as many of these courses as you can your Freshman year, and you will most likely find a topic that peaks your interest. One class in this topic will lead to another, and soon enough you’ll be on track to declaring your major.

Study Your Passion
Unless you’ve been living in a space colony for the past few years, you know that the current job market does not look pretty. The twisted reality of college is that you spend four years in school to get a degree, which will hopefully lead to a job, so you can start paying for college. Too many students freak out, and think that the only way they to get employed in today’s market is by studying finance or business, which is simply not true. Majoring in a subject that you are passionate about will make your college experience far more fulfilling and enjoyable than if you were to major in a subject that you hate, but believe will lead to employment. Besides, your passion for whichever major you choose will show through to employers, and what’s a better advantage to have than that?

Think of the Big Picture
Upon graduation, you will receive a diploma, which will essentially be the most expensive piece of paper you’ll ever own. When you enter the “real world,” your major is merely a line to put on your resume or a conversation starter during an interview. The lessons you learn in college are much greater than what you’ll study under your chosen major. In fact, the greatest lessons you’ll learn in college are not related to academics at all. College teaches you how to work hard, and dive into a project and not stop until you finish it. It teaches you how to interact with people who are different than yourself. Most of all, it teaches you how to keep learning after college; to be curious about the world, and empowered to explore it.

By: Kayla Parks | Image: Source

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  1. NOT helpful at all. This is the same information people have been telling college freshmen for decades. A college freshman's passion could most certainly be music or art or tanning or keg stands, doesn't mean they should major in it. Try doing some research on what industries are hiring, what sectors of the economy need workers and what can actually get you a job that will pay your rent and build you a career.

  2. @Living2Design Do you suggest that we should just pick your major based on whatever industry is open at that time? I, for one, changed my major from a more 'practical' one that I did not have any passion for to one that was not as practical, and I have found a great job in the field I am pursuing. Some of my friends with practical majors, however, are either jobless or working at jobs they despise. I think it's a terrible thing to tell everyone to study engineering or accounting. Not everyone is good at those things or likes them.

  3. The sectors of the economy that are hiring naturally have the most competitively sought after jobs. Fighting with thousands of other applicants for work is not an easy way to start your career. Throw yourself into your studies, whatever they may be, and you'll graduate with confidence in your abilities.


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