What to study in college



My name is Sherley Boursiquot and I am completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Multimedia Journalism at Lehman College, CUNY. I will be graduating next year in May 2015.


College is an institution of higher learning; an institution where you’d decide on what you want to do for the rest of your life. Seems pretty scary, I know…but don’t worry, I am here to reassure you that everything will be OK. Take a breather.

However, before we move any further, you must know why college is so important. College is where one would normally realizehis or her calling, what they are destined to be. You might take a class that moves you so deeply, you would want to have an occupation that correlates with it. For example, I know a student who gets really excited every time he goes to his math class, one math class turned into two and so forth, now he wants to be a math professor.  College also opens up your mind to new and broader things, since in high school, things you were probably taught did not go that much in depth compared to the things you would learn in college.  Don’t get me wrong, you get the fundamentals in high school, but in college, you get the full package. Lastly, college helps you discover new things about yourself, new hidden talents, things you suddenly became passionate about, and things you would want to improve on in order to become a better person.

Moreover, I am not going to tell you to go to college because it sometimes guarantees you financial success; I am not going to tell you to go to college because your parents said so, or because it’s the “right” thing to do in this society.  I will tell you go to college for your own personal satisfaction. Just remember, knowledge is power and no one can ever take that away from you.

Now that you have an idea of why college is so important, you need to know what to expect in college. In the midst of discovering new things about yourself, you would probably change your major more than once. Believe it or not, I changed my major three times. But do realize that changing a major two, three, or even four times, does not make you incompetent, it’s normal to have a change of heart.  Yet, you don’t want to waste time and spent your entire life in college either.  Also, there are times you’ll probably get discouraged, but don’t beat yourself up for it, it happens to every college student. Figuring out what you want to do for the rest of your life is hard. You are not looking for a “job” but a long-time career.

Furthermore, choosing a major that is right for you can be difficult. If you need help, take the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality test. It’s usually offered online with a small fee  or you can take it at school if you visit career services. MBTI is a test that shows how you perceived the world and how you’d normally make decisions. Also, based on your personality, MBTI notifies you on careers that are right for you. But of course, the choice is yours. Another option that may help you figure out your major, is writing down your talents. Write down things you are good at and things that move your soul. I will admit sometimes it may be hard finding the things you are good at, but if you are having difficulty, don’t fret, there is a solution. Find someone who knows you inside and out that can help you brainstorm. Often times we bypassed things we are great at, but that doesn’t mean, others did. After you are done writing down your talents, take a look at the majors that areoffered in your school and see how you can merge your talents and a specific major together. If the major you want is not offered, you always have the option to transfer.

Now that you figured out what major is right for you, you then declare it, but before you declare your major, make tons of research first. It’s best to take a class or two to see if that is something you really want to do.  In addition, when you research, take your time. Although, it can get quite overwhelming since there’s a lot of information online, however, if you need any assistance, go to your career services at school and get aid from one of the advisors. Moreover, a few things you should keep in mind while researching: What career is offered within that major? Do you need any additional degree or training for it?  Is it something you see yourself doing for the next 10 years? Are you satisfied with the pay? Above all, is it something that can fulfill your soul? Once you have the answers to these questions and are satisfied, you are now ready to declare your major.

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