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Choosing College Majors Doesn't Have to be a Major Headache

Once you choose a college, the next big decision you'll face is choosing a college major. While you don't necessarily have to know what you want to do with the rest of your life from your first day on campus, at some point in your college career you'll have to focus on a particular area of study. Hence, the university major decision.

The good news is you're probably further along in deciding what field to pursue than you think. That's because choosing a college major starts with figuring out what you're interested in and which subjects you have a strength in. The next step is asking yourself if you can see yourself applying these interests to a future career. To help you answer these and related questions, take advantage of all your college has to offer.

Start With Classes
Ever wondered why you're required to take certain courses? Besides providing you with a well-rounded education, a college core curriculum allows you to test the waters and see which subjects appeal to you most. Even better, schools build in a number of elective credits, which allow you to take any course you want. If you've always been curious about photography, philosophy, or archeology, you'll have the chance to learn the basics and decide if it's worth pursuing further.

Assess Yourself to Consider Your Future
Do you thrive in courses that require writing and giving presentations? Are complex formulas and problem-solving challenges your forte? Are you artistic or do you have an entrepreneurial spirit? Maybe your dilemma is that you can't decide between two very different fields of study. Whatever the case may be, college advisors can help you find a solution. You may be able to double major, choose a minor, or even create your own major. And, speaking to your advisor can even help you pinpoint your own strengths and interests that weren't obvious to you.

Picking a university major doesn't mean you're committing to something for the rest of your life. An English major, for instance, may wind up teaching, writing advertising copy, or editing manuscripts. The point is to take advantage of as many learning opportunities as you can in college, and learn skills that are transferable to any profession, like research, analytical and problem-solving skills, technical and computer knowledge. And if you are one of those lucky ones that know exactly what you want to do, by all means, choose the corresponding college major, but still have fun with your elective credits.



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