Attending college in the Fall and still not sure which major is right for you? Here are 10 factors to consider to help you choose your college major from U.S. News:
1. Explore out-of-school experiences: Help yourself understand which major path is the right one for you by participating in hands-on learning opportunities outside of your everyday classes.
2. Beware of advice from family & friends: We all love our families, but when it comes to college majors, it would be more beneficial for college students to speak with industry professionals- they know what they’re talking about.
3. Think about requirements: Some majors may seem appealing to you, but the classes required to complete the major might make you want to run the opposite way. This doesn’t mean you should necessarily avoid the major, but make yourself acquainted with what you need to do to get to where you want to be.
4. Weigh a STEM discipline: Majoring in a STEM major, which stands for science, technology, engineering or math, may come with more promising job prospects and salary post-grad. Just something to consider.
5. Leverage scholarship opportunities: There are various scholarship opportunities for students who wish to study specific majors.
6. Calculate possible salaries: Although this may seem like forever away, consider which majors will lead to a higher versus lower salary after graduation.
7. Consider your grad school applications: If your goal after getting your college degree is to go to grad school, certain college majors may be more ideal than others for the Master’s Degree you wish to earn.
8. Benefit from a narrower list: If you already have some idea of what major you want to study, look into colleges that specialize in those areas. This may make your major and college decisions a little easier!
9. Look for general education curricula: Look into colleges that offer a strong core curriculum, or in other words, different and interesting GE classes. This will allow you to explore different subjects and hopefully find something you’re interested in.
10. Know the cons of being undecided: It’s okay not to know exactly what you want to do with your life by the age of 17 or 18- but declaring a college major earlier will help make sure you take all the classes you need without wasting time and better prepare you to graduate on time!
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