Deciding a Major

Choosing your major is an intimidating task for some students. If you take a step back and think about it – you are almost expected to choose what you want to do with your life before you even get your high school diploma. Some universities require you to submit your intended major to get into the academic college that it belongs in. It is a pretty stressful thing to try and decide, especially if you have no idea what you want to study or do with your life after graduation.
If you don’t know what you want to study you first need to understand that it is 100% okay. You are young, you aren’t supposed to have the answers even when every single person you seem to know is pressuring you to make a decision or constantly asking you if you made up your mind. In order to make the decisions that are right for you, you have to block out the negative backlash that you might get for being unsure.
Going to college as an undecided student is normal. It is definitely a smart route to take if you are not overly enthusiastic about one major or another. Being an undecided student gives you the chance to test the waters in a couple different areas without off setting your graduation date. You can take the general education courses that are required and with the help of an academic advisor – locate the areas that you excel in and want to pursue.
It is also extremely normal to change majors during your years in college. It happens more often than people realize. It is much better to change majors as soon as you figure out you are not crazy about the path you are on. If you delay or wait too long to switch, it could impact when you are supposed to graduate – which could be costly.
Ultimately, to figure out what major is right for you, you need to sit down and think about where your passions, talents and dreams lie. Take major diagnostic tests, personality tests and other resources that provide insight to who you are and make you think in new ways. Your high school guidance counselor will be able to provide you resources such as these and even help you narrow your choices if you are stuck between more than one.

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