3 Tips to Help You Narrow Down Your Major Choices

Picking a major is not a decision to be made lightly. Here are three steps you should take before committing to an area of study.

Picking a major is one of the scariest things about the college experience, because you know that you’re choosing the career path for the rest of your life—which is why you should never rush into the decision! Rather than settling on the first area of study that looks appealing, here are three things you should do before you make your verdict. 

1. Create a list

Sorting out your thoughts via pen and paper is an awesome idea. Make a list of the top five majors you’re interested in and rank them by order of your interest. Next to each major, write why you find it interesting. Finally, tape the list on a wall in your room, preferably next to a mirror. Placing it in the forefront of your room will ensure that it won’t gather dust in the back of your mind, and you’ll continue to think about it regularly.

2. Do your research

After you’ve made your list, research each major! What types of jobs exist for each area of study? Is the market for jobs large or small? What do they pay? How competitive is the field? If you have an idea of where you want to live after graduation, check to see how many jobs are available for each major in this location. Be sure to write all of your research down: this stuff is important.

3. Talk to a school counselor

It’s a great idea to have a chat with your school counselor about majors that you’re interested in. After all, that’s what they’re there for! They’re often booked solid, so be proactive and make an appointment ASAP! Bring your list and your research to the meeting. Finally, don’t be intimidated—tell your counselor exactly what your thoughts and feelings are. Come with any questions you may have. College counselors are happy to help you choose your major, and it’s great to get outside help.

While choosing a major is never the easiest assignment, with reflection, research, outside help, and time, you’ll eventually come to a conclusion.

Last tip: get on this task today. It pays to know what you’re going into early on, so you don’t waste money on classes that aren’t applicable to the major you end up choosing. Good luck!

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