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3 Simple Tips to Narrow Down Your Major Choices

Picking a college major is not a decision to be made lightly. Here are three simple steps to narrow your options 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 study path that will lead to a career 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 final verdict. 

1. Create a list

Sorting out your thoughts via pen and paper is an awesome idea. List 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.

Related: 5 Well–Known Websites to Help You Choose a College Major

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 down all your research notes—every detail that might impact how you feel about a field is important.

3. Talk to a school counselor

It’s a great idea to chat with your school counselor about majors you’re interested in. After all, that’s what they’re there for. They’re also 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.

Related: The Best Time to Ask Your School Counselor These Important Questions

While choosing a major is never the easiest assignment, with reflection, research, outside perspectives, and time, you’ll eventually come to a decision that feels right for you. Last little bonus tip: Get on top of this today. It pays to know what you’re going into early on, so you don’t waste money on classes that don’t apply to the major you end up choosing. Good luck!

Still having trouble? Make the process more enjoyable by looking at it differently! Try out these 4 Interesting Ways to Help You Find Your College Major to find your likes just as much as your dislikes. 

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About Ashley McDonald

Ashley McDonald is a freelance writer and blogger for CollegeXpress, Her Campus, HuffPost, and more. She studied Journalism and English at Central Michigan University.

 

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