September 13, 2013

Tips for Selecting a Major

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Choosing a major can be an intimidating decision at any point in your academic career, especially when it seems like it’s a decision that will alter the course of your entire life. That being said, here are a few pointers that were given to me over the past couple of years that can (hopefully) make it less terrifying.

1. Find the classes you don’t hate going to

Nobody is expecting you to love being in every lecture. However, if every single class makes you wish you were sitting through Grown Ups  2, maybe it’s not the best degree for you to work towards. On the other hand, if you know you’re passionate about actually working in that field, try to tough it out for four to five years.

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source: incandescentsupernova.blogspot.com

2. Realize that you are not your degree

At the end of the day, you’re more than what piece of paper gets handed to you by some elderly person in a weird get-up. Even if your major is more career-specific (ie. Architecture, Engineering, Accounting) it doesn’t mean that has to be what you do forever. Most people switch careers many times in their life.

Source: begincollege.com

Source: begincollege.com

3. Make the decision for yourself

As tempting as it is to have somebody else, be it your parents, an advisor, or a professor, make the call for you, remember that it’s your life and you need to do what is going to turn out best for you. After all, they’re not going to be the one faking their way through being a marine biologist.

Source: themost10.com

Source: themost10.com

4. Don’t base the decision off of anything you saw in a movie


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Source: lifestyleoftheunemployed.com


Overall, the choice of what to major in isn’t as life-changing or intimidating as it seems to be. Find out what you’re interested in, maybe spend some time during your degree to ‘test-drive’ that field, and if it’s a good fit, go for it!

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