Undoubtedly, one of the toughest decisions in route to college completion is choosing your major. It’s important to remember that choosing your major is a step-by-step process and not a decision. Before you declare a major be sure to utilize your elective credits to explore what you think you might be interested in doing. The average college student changes their major at least three times so even if you declare and decide not to steer the course, it’s okay and you are not alone. However, before you choose a major you should at least ask yourself some of these tough questions.
- What subjects do I like the most?
- Do these subjects come naturally to me?
- If I could do one thing for free, what would it be?
- What subjects do I dislike the most?
- What can I see myself doing for 40 hours, five days a week? (this is a big one!)
- Besides money, what other reasons do I want to go into this field?
- Where can I find out more information about this major?
- Will I be happy doing this after five, 10 or even 15 years?
- What is the bright side of choosing this major or career?
- What’s the dark side of choosing this major or career?
You’ll greatly improve your chances of academic success and of being happy with your life and chosen career if you carefully consider these things now. Like I said, choosing a major is a step-by-step process so continually ask yourself these questions. And don’t be surprised if the answers change based on your new experiences as you navigate your way through college.
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