Guide to Choosing a Major

It is that time of the year, again. High school graduates are caterpillars that turn into butterflies in college. If you are planning on going away to college, then you should know what major you will study. Choosing a major is one of the main aspects of going to college or university. You will need to plan out your future and this is the first step to do that. The two main factors you should consider are your university or college and your major. Your major will define what you will study and your university or college will determine where you will study.

Why Choosing Your Major Is So Important

You might think that it is a simple choice. But, it really is not. Yes, you can always change your major mid-school year. However, you should keep in mind that changing your major in the middle of your degree means that you have to start all over. To avoid that, you should consider choosing your major straight out of high school. This article will help you do that without overwhelming yourself. You will be able to choose a major and find out what your future will look like. Typically, a college major will open doors for you and help you make your way in the world, finding out what your career path is.

Look For Your Passion

Your major will impact your college experience; that is a guarantee. There are many students who join clubs and befriend other students that are related to their majors. Also, your college major will impact your postgraduate life, too. When you enter the workforce, you will typically choose a job that is related to your major. Think about how much your life will be influenced by your major (Shouldn’t you think carefully about your decision of choosing a major?). This is why you should think about your passion and choose it as a major. If you are passionate about physics or philosophy, then you should consider it as your major.

Consider Your Colleges When You Choose a Major

Let’s say that you are now considering a major. Your passion is not the only factor that you should think about. You should also consider your college or university. The college and university that you will attend will impact your education. The way they teach your major is a very important aspect. This is why you should consider your college and university while you are choosing your major. You can also consider the colleges and universities that are ranked high in their quality education of your major. Once you decide on a major or several majors, then you should find a college or university that will provide quality education.

Think About Talking to An Expert and Take Their Feedback Seriously

Talk to an expert; there is nothing wrong with asking for help. Guidance counselors play a key role in choosing a major. You will be able to provide all of your options to the counselor and they will help you understand the process. Guidance counselors will offer career advice on your potential options and let you know which is better. They can even help you to apply for colleges and universities. However, you should take their feedback seriously since they know better about choosing a major than you do. If they provide criticism or encouragement on a certain career path, then you should consider it.

Declare A Major When You Are Applying For College

When you are applying for college or university, make sure to declare a major right off the bat. You should not leave the major section blank or label it “undecided”. It looks better on your application, if you declare a major. Most admission officers prefer students who declare a major in their application. This allows admission officers to understand the candidate better and they get an idea of where your future is going. You will be able to change your major in the middle of your school year, but it is best to think about it now. Before you apply for college or university, you should at least have a general idea of what you want your major to be.

Figure Out How Far Your Major Will Take You As An Undergrad

You should find out how far your major will educate you on the outside world. As an undergraduate, you will learn about theoretical concepts. But, the real world application of your education can be different, depending on the major. If you plan on becoming a doctor or any medical-related major, then you will need further education, or medical school. Typically, most majors do not require further education than a Bachelor’s degree. However, there are exceptions. This is why you should figure out how far your major will take you. Before you apply for college or university, you should think about your end goal.

Think About a STEM Major

One of the up and coming majors these days are majors in science, technology, engineering, or math. This is better known as STEM. The salary and job opportunities for STEM majors are high and promising. If you have the stomach for it, then you should consider a STEM major. However, sheer will is not going to help you get a degree. You will need math skills, and maybe more-than-average physics skills. Basic understanding of technology is preferred. If you are interested in math and you think you could succeed in building a robot, then you should think about choosing a STEM major.

Consider a Major You are Passionate About and a Useful Minor

Yes, a college or university major is an important part of the educational journey. But, you can also think of choosing a useful minor. A minor is basically a smaller version of a major, hence the name. You will not delve deep into the subjects of interest with a minor. But, you will have more than just general knowledge of the topic of interest. This is why you should consider a minor that is useful and could support your major.

According to Micah Sadigh, a psychology professor and department chair at Cedar Crest College in Pennsylvania, a minor “links you, connects you to another discipline and changes, expands how you think about disciplines, but also, expands how you think about life, people, working with people, creativity and how creativity can manifest itself differently.”

Estimate Possible Salaries for Your Major

Typically, you choose a major that you will use in the workforce and as a career path. In that case, you should estimate how much you could make with a job in your major. It would be best for you to know what the majors are that will provide low or high salaries in the workforce. If you get an idea of how much you will make after graduation, then you can create a budget for your life to pay for graduate school or student loans (You will need to think about your future, even if you do not want to. The future is right around the corner and someone had to remind you of that fact.).

But Do Not Over Think The Possible Salaries

Despite our previous section, you should not choose a major based on possible salaries only. You are still in the beginning of your educational journey and you should not over-think the future. If you do, then you will end up choosing a major that pays well. But, you might not be passionate about that particular major. There are many ways that you can receive a good salary for any major. You can obtain more skills or use what you have learned in your major in a different industry. As we said, there are many ways you can meet halfway between your passion and a high-paying job. Your first job does not always have to be your dream job.

Remember You Can Always Change Your Major

As mentioned above several times, you can always change your major. Let’s say that you chose a major and halfway through, you realized it was not it for you. You cannot force yourself to be passionate again (Relax, it is not a big deal. There is a way around it.). You can change your major and choose the major that you grew passionate about. However, you should keep in mind that you will probably need to repeat your major from scratch. If you decide to become a graphic designer after two years in medicine, then you will need to start over. It sounds disheartening, but continuing to study a major that you do not like is not encouraging either.

What About Getting a Double Major?

If you are overly ambitious and you have the heart to do it, then you can always get a double major. A double major is when you choose two majors and study them independently. It will take double the work and double the effort, but you could graduate at the same time as one major. You will also have double the achievement of getting two degrees in two different fields of interest. But, you should know that there is a lot of sacrifice on your part. It will take a lot out of you. Yet, you will go the extra mile and you will have an advantage of two fields of expertise when you enter the workforce.

Conclusion

In conclusion, you should not rush the process of choosing your major. It is an important choice and you should think long and hard about what you are passionate about. You can always delay the process or change your major, but it is best to declare a major now. That way, you can start preparing for your future.