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5 Tips for Deciding Your Major

Updated on December 6, 2015

There comes a time in every college student's life when they must declare a major. This reality scared me. Would this major lead to a successful career? Will I be happy? My head was spinning, so I hastily decided on a major. I knew exactly what I wanted to do, I was done. I was so wrong. I immediately regretted my choice and forced with the decision to declare a major, I did the same thing again and before I became too comfortable I had new interests and then came another major. It wasn't until I followed these tips that I declared myself an English major. Four majors later, I can honestly say that I am happy and confident in my choice.


1. Take A Look At Your Values

Take a look at what is most important to you. Is it money, your social life, power or family? If you mostly care about money, you may want to declare a science or business major. If you care a lot about socialization, choose a major that will lead to a lot of teamwork in your career. How do you define success? Look at professionals or people that connect with, people that you feel are successful. Their jobs or careers may also be a good fit for you.

2. Occam's Razor

The Simplest Answer is Usually Correct.

When I was younger, I loved writing, entertainment and fashion. I would always write short stories or sketch garments in my sketchbook. I'd sometimes make fake magazines or write articles for Kiwi Box which was sort of like Hub Pages, but for kids. Over the years, things changed and I became less creative. I began losing myself and who I was before the real world took over, before I was inhibited by the reality of finances and practicality. After changing my major a countless number of times, I decided to put into practice Occam's Razor and look at the simplest answer. The person I wanted to be before doubt and fear crept in.

In my opinion, the simplest answer, is the one you answered when you were younger. When you were asked by parents or teachers, who you wanted to be, what did you say? Explore this answer again, it may give you a clue as to what you'd be best at.

3. Go To Community College

Community colleges are often just as good if not better than four year schools. Community colleges are good for trial and error. Financially speaking, community colleges are good for sampling different courses. I always told myself that I would never go to a community college because I didn't want anyone to think lesser of me but as fate would have it, that's where I landed. I absolutely loved community college, and am so glad that I attended. Although, I don't recommend taking all online courses, as I did... I think they're important. Taking an online course forces you to motivate yourself. It makes blatantly obvious, all of your mistakes and best attributes.

I recommend checking out four year colleges of interest and looking at their transfer policy. Many community colleges have partnerships with local community colleges, making the transfer a seamless transition. A lot of four year schools accept transfers from two year colleges. There are even Ivy League schools that will accept community college transfers. Basically, if your dream is to attend an Ivy League school, but didn't do so well in high school, community college is your second chance. It is a great way to test different and new subjects and it is every bit as fun and challenging as a four year school.

4. Make Lists

Writing out all of your interests, pros and cons may help you to organize your ideas and solidify your likes and dislikes.

5. Internet Research

You'd be surprised by what you could find through a Google search. There are also various personality tests that will match you with jobs, you may not have heard about prior.

The Least Valuable College Majors according to Forbes

http://www.forbes.com/pictures/fgek45hg/the-least-valuable-college-majors

Best College Majors according to TheStreet

http://www.thestreet.com/story/13222755/2/want-a-job-employers-like-these-11-college-majors-best.html



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