Written By Ian Forde
Many students who are coming into college face the pressure of deciding on a path to choose. As a result, a number of students tend to choose a path that does not align with their strengths. This tendency increases the odds of difficulty getting through college where there is no room for failure. This article will explain how to correctly choose your major so that you can avoid serious pitfalls.
Choose a Major that you are Familiar with
College is not meant to be a nerve-wracking experience. If you are familiar with your major, you will have substantially less difficulty getting through school. Many students choose their major based on the money that they think that they will get upon graduation. While potential income is an important factor, you still have to be able to get through your courses efficiently. For instance, if you have zero experience with coding or computers, don’t major in information technology. With time, money, and grades on the line, you cannot afford to be lost in unfamiliar territory.
Know your Strengths
Ask yourself “what am I good at?”. Take inventory of who you are and what career path you would be interested in. If you are great at math, majors like accounting, business, or even nursing would be great for you. If you are creative or love connecting with others through various mediums, communications would be right for you. Always consider your talents first.
Analyze Major Course Requirements
As the saying goes, “time flies”. Once you have selected your major, you should have already mapped out your path to graduating. You should know which courses that you have to take and know whether or not that you can take them on. There shouldn’t be any surprises.
This step is important because you may potentially run into a set of courses that may be difficult for you. Students tend to push back taking difficult courses later into their college career and that can hurt their chances of graduating on time or at all.
This is not to say avoid all signs of difficulty but rather to be smart and considerate about the risks that you want to take. Not everything will be super easy but you should not have to struggle most of the time.
Make Sure that your Major can Lead to a Lucrative Career
Play to your strengths but at the same time make sure that you can make a living from your experience in college. You do not want to waste your years. Avoid any major that has relatively weak demand. Your hard work should always pay off. Choose a major that both matches your talents but also makes sense to get into.
Bonus: Always make sure to build your network
You are surrounded by an abundance of people who are on track to becoming successful or have established themselves and have experience. Connect with other students and professors. Get involved on campus and make sure to do internships while in school!
Here is what current SFC Students had to say:
Taylor Smith, a sophomore student at SFC, had this to say:
“I would suggest new students to really consider the courses that sparked their interest in high school and to be very open minded when selecting a major.”
Taylor majors in communications and has a focus in advertising/public relations. “I chose this major because I took a few Communication courses in high school which really got me interested in the subject.” said Taylor. She had an idea of what she wanted to do prior to coming into college which is an important step. Taylor is now looking forward to having a career in marketing or public relations after graduating.
Jenna Bahnsen, a sophomore student at SFC, offered this advice:
“My advice to new students would be to try out different classes in different majors their first semester if they are unsure of what they want to do. That way they can see what classes they enjoy the most and choose from there without putting themselves at risk of falling behind”
Jenna also majors in communications and has a focus in advertising/public relations. “I chose this major after doing a lot of research about it and talking about it with my parents.”
Jenna learned through trial and error in order to decide which major she would eventually stick with.
“… I was originally an education major because I had always wanted to be a teacher but once I began taking the classes and conducting my observation hours I realized that it was not for me. After that I was unsure of what I wanted to do but I was semi interested in personal training and physical therapy so I changed my major to health promotions after discussing with my advisor. After one semester of that I knew that I did not want to pursue that any further so I talked with my parents about my options and after doing a lot of research I decided that communications was a better fit for me.” said Jenna.
Jenna is now looking forward to having a career in public relations once she graduates.
This wraps up the article, good luck on your journey.