5 Steps to Choosing a Major You Will Love

There are only a few more days left of the semester, and perhaps you are wondering if you chose the right major. It is okay to question and wonder if you made the right choice. College is the time to learn not only the skills you need for your future, but to grow as a person and learn about and develop your passions. Choosing or changing majors can lead you to where you need to be, and the process can teach you skills for making bigger decisions in your future.

I changed my major and made my previous major my minor before the spring semester, and it was the best decision for my course of study and goals. My combination of areas of study allows me more freedom to expand my knowledge and experience. I love what I am studying, and I look forward to applying the knowledge I have gained throughout college and into my future.

Changing majors can open new opportunities, a new academic path, and a new perspective for your career and future. If you are questioning if you made the right choice or curious about other options, here are five helpful tips:

  1. Ask yourself what you truly love doing.
  2. Explore different departments.

Explore various departments’ course catalogs online and note what you like or don’t like about the majors. You will then be able to sort through your options more easily.

  1. Meet the department head(s).

Pick the major or majors that most interest you and schedule an appointment with the department head(s). Ask questions about the majors. Relate the majors to yourself and what you see yourself doing. The department heads will tell you what is expected from the majors, and you will have a better understanding of the programs and their opportunities.

  1. If you are still unsure, take classes outside of your current major.

A class you take may inspire you for your future and career.

  1. Ask yourself what you enjoy studying.

This is honestly the best advice I can give you. Do not ask yourself what you are good at doing, but what you enjoy doing. Your college courses will teach you the skills, but you need to know what you enjoy or see yourself doing in your future. This is not to say that you must choose your profession in order to choose your degree. Choose your degree first.

A few last thoughts…

When deciding on a major, ask yourself what you want to be prepared for after college, the skills you want to have, and what you enjoy studying. Love your program of study and love what you are doing. When you realize this, you will know that you are on the right track.

 

Sarah Dunlap

About Sarah Dunlap

I am a Pittsburgh native and an English major and Communications minor at Nyack College Rockland Campus. I am a devoted dancer, avid reader, and an aspiring writer. "Let me live, love and say it well in good sentences." - Sylvia Plath
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