Plan For College

Thursday, March 31, 2011

How to Choose a Major Before You Go to College

The Plan For College Guest Blog Post Series, Article 7
Deloshan Nawarajan is the seventh guest blogger for the plan for college blog. He is the Co-Founder of No Major Drama, a website that helps students choose a college major. Connect with No Major Drama on Facebook if you want the stress free way to choose a college major. Also connect with The College Planning Group on Facebook for the latest college planing and financial aid tips.

Deciding what to major in at college is a daunting task for many seniors in high schools across the country.  Research from Penn State suggested that over 80% of students entering college are unsure about what to major in.  This important decision not only affects a student’s confidence around college but also contributes to their ability to finish college in four years. 

Here are 5 things to think about when assessing what to major in at college:

1.      Ask yourself better questions.  Instead of asking what should I major in, a better question would be what do I love doing, learning, discovering and spending my time in? This means understanding your interests, your skills and what you prefer doing while in school as well as in your outside school life.  A number of things to consider would be what subjects you enjoyed at school and why?  What were you curious about?  Do you like working with people?  Do you enjoy the physical sciences or the biological world like plants and animals?  Do you enjoy understanding how society or the business world works?  Are you good at making things?  Make yourself a list of your preferences.

2.       Use your guidance counselor as a resource.  Once you have a good idea about your interests, skills and preferences, you would need someone to help match this with a list of college majors available.  This is where a guidance counselor can be a great resource.  They are across understanding what most of the majors are about and can help direct you to a shortened list of majors that match up with your interests and skills.  

3.       Treasure Hunt.  This is the part where you would want to research as much as you can about the shortened list of college majors that your guidance counselor has presented to you.  Find out about the majors, the interesting facts, the career opportunities as well as possibly viewing a lecture on YouTube Education around that major.  You may receive majors you haven’t heard about from your guidance counsellor and this step would help in discovering an option you never thought about.

4.       Take advantage of the tools out there.  There are many tools on the internet that help you decide what you could major in at college.  These usually have information about the majors, career opportunities and many other things that could help you with your ‘treasure hunt.’  One such tool is No Major Drama, which helps students create a personalized ranked list of 300+ college majors and ranks them according to your interests, skills and preferences. 
 
5.       You’re not alone.  Lastly with over 80% of students unsure about what to major in when entering college, you should also realize that you’re not alone.  And that finding a college major is a stressful experience but use these tips above, so you can make the journey as stress-free as possible.

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