Picking the Right Major: How To Apply To College With the Right Mindset

Choosing a major in college is a big step. You need to make sure you are doing it for the right reasons. Do not just apply to college because your parents are making you. That is the wrong reason. You need to apply and pick a major that you are going to love. You are going to be spending 80% of your time in class or studying. You need to choose something that is going to make you happy. You should never choose a major because of the money. Money comes and goes. What lasts is the feeling you get when you love the work you do. I have a few tips on how to apply to college and still keep that smile on your face.

Three Things To Consider When You Think About A Major

1) ?Consider the investment you will need to make. It is more than just a financial choice. You need to consider what lifestyle you want to get out of it. Some like the idea of making a large pile of money. The only problem with that is you might have to spend more time traveling. You also may need to take on extra work assignments. In some cases, your job becomes your life. Are you going to be happy with that? Do you want something more? Sometimes a reduction in pay is worth the time you get to spend with your friends and family.

2) What are your strengths? Weaknesses? Interests? The idea is to pick a major that applies to your strengths and interests. Figure out what your strengths are with tools like the Strong Interest Inventory to assess your interests, and choose a career the can encompass your interests and strengths. Once again, it comes down to picking a career path that makes you happy. The idea is to enjoy going to work each day after you graduate. 


“Krum’s head may be filled with sawdust, but Karkaroff’s is not. He will have a strategy. You can bet is going to play to Krum’s strengths.”

Mad-Eye Moody, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

3) Professionals and teachers are there for a reason. Shadow one of them, but not in a creepy way. Ask them for advice. Fill them in on your aptitudes and see what they say. Your teachers have a pretty good way of pointing you in the right direction. Intern at a place that incorporates what you love. That is the best way to get an inside look at what you will be doing once you graduate.

Some people fall in love with the surface level of a major and get disappointed when they find out what is actually involved. You can determine for yourself whether you like it or not.

Know What You Are Up Against

Get the facts about the subjects that interest you. Do you really want to spend all that time and money, in school, and not be interested after all? Be sure you study topics and jobs you would be happy to do.


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