Picking a college major is a big deal– for any of us! No matter what your age, you were always asked the question, “What do you want to be?”. If you’re like me, your answer varied every time you were asked. However, for us high schoolers (or college students), it’s time to finally come up with an answer that we’ll keep for years to come. But how do you pick one? What happens when you need to pick a college major?
For some of us (me included) we start to worry about what we want to do before we ever hit high school. College officials suggest making sure it’s your passion that you’re going towards, and not just the money. Everything can balance out (with some creativity, in some cases, but nonetheless). Just make sure to pick what you want to do with your life. It might seem stressful and scary, and, trust me, it is, but it won’t be long until you’re finally ready to pick that major.
Try to get a hint of your passion early on. Freshman year or so would probably be best. If you want to go into a more demanding career (the medical field, engineering, physical therapy, and nursing). Of course, if you need help, you can take this personality quiz to see what your most “compatible” major. It’s just a bit of fun.
However, don’t rush into it! Take your time and think things over –a whole bunch– before deciding what major you’d like to take on! No one needs an answer from you in Freshman year, or Sophomore or Junior year either. Don’t wait too long though, and try to get a better feel at least by Senior year. No one is pressuring you into making a decision that you need to think over!
When thinking about your major, ask a lot of questions to anyone in the profession you’re thinking about entering in. Ask what is required to get a good job after college; if you need to internship somewhere, if there are any further classes you should take or consider, or anything else that would help you post-college. Questions never hurt anyone, so just remember that!
If you need more information on a career, visit Big Future’s Exploring Careers page! It’s helpful if you’re just starting out and need to find out what’s available within your “passion” (helping children, social issues, and current events are a few options to choose from.
And Scholarship.com’s guide to “Understanding Different College Majors” falls under the same category as Big Future’s site.
If you’re looking for a high paying job, you can always check out Scholarship.com’s “Top Ten Highest Paying Professions” list. It may help you choose a major within your interest-rage . If that’s in the engineering, science, or finance industry, you’d better check this out!
And, of course, if you have any further questions, you can always Ask A Homeschooler!