Choosing the right major

Ashley Reed is a media enthusiast hailing from Chicago, IL. A graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ashley has been a reporter for UI-7 News, a student-run campus station and a producer at Chicago’s WBEZ 91.5. While there, she honed skills by pitching creative content, reporting, producing, directing and editing video and audio. She’s also worked for entertainment companies, including TheYBF.com, Her Campus and Straight From the Source, a Chicago-based organization she co-founded with two friends. Ashley has a strong interest in entertainment and feature stories but also loves the fast pace involved with breaking hard news. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies, shopping and spending time with friends and family.

Picking a major in college can be a very difficult task. It’s a big decision that can mark the rest of your career and life. Some people might come in as freshman with a very clear picture of their goals and career choices but others might be completely undecided. Neither situation is wrong. If you happen to know what you want to study then you just get a head start. You can start to get involved with organizations on campus and network with the right people.

If you happen to be one of those students with absolutely no idea of what you would like to study, there is no need to start panicking. The first two years of college are normally dedicated to classes described as general electives. These are basic areas of study that all students have to complete. These classes also give you time to feel out what you’re interested in so by the time you reach your third year, you can begin major-focused classes.

Even though some student choose a major and think they’ve made the right decision, things change. It’s very common for people to change majors in the beginning of their college years. The only set back of this is that certain classes have to be completed for you to receive your degree and they might only be offered in certain semesters. So, if you decide to change after a certain period of time then you might have to stay for an additional semester to finish.

The best advice is to not take this important decision lightly. Take your time and think carefully. You don’t want to stay longer than you originally planned because you’ve changed your major more than three times.

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