You might not realize it, but you've already earned an "A" on the first test: You've chosen to be a college graduate, a degreed individual. You will join the ranks of the educated and be prepared for the future that awaits you.
That's a great start on the big picture. Now you need to focus on the details: What do I want to spend the rest of my life doing? ... Discovering a cure for cancer? Building rocket ships? Caring for the sick? Educating the next generation? Running a business?
Choosing a major area of study is not done on a whim. It is an important life decision, one that takes lots of thought and discussion.
Ready to begin choosing a major? Here's how:
Ask probing questions.
- What classes do I most enjoy?
- What activities outside of class are most important to me?
- What goals have I set for myself?
- What do I lose track of time doing?
That last one is a tie-breaker. People spend the most time doing the things they are best at and enjoy the most. Figure out how you can incorporate those skills and talents into your future career.
- Know what all your choices are by exploring our areas of study and investigating the Undergraduate Studies Bulletin.
- Talk with students and faculty in the departments that interest you.
- Talk with professionals who are doing what you think you want to do. Ask them about the type of education you need to enter that field.
Test the waters.
- Enroll in a variety of courses to explore your interests.
- Get involved in co-curricular activities to expand your breadth of experience.
Stop and evaluate.
- When it's time to declare a major, sit down and think long and hard. Review all you've done, how it has affected you, what you enjoyed the most and how it might fit into your future.