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3 ways to think about choosing your college major

08.12.2016 | By: Texas Wesleyan University

Have you ever been asked what you want to do with your life or what you plan to study in college? Then all you could come up with was, “I have no idea.” As a sophomore, junior or even senior in high school you don’t need to have it all figured out. You may not know what your future holds, but we have three ways to help you start thinking about it.

1. Pick a major that matches your interests

Start with what you’re interested in and work from there. Think about how you can take your interests today and turn them in to a degree and career that you’ll love.

Let’s say you’re interested in sports and living an active life. You could get a degree in athletic training or exercise science. Do you like to read and write? Think about majoring in English or mass communication. Maybe you’re interested in how the human body works? Get your degree in biology and then apply to medical school.

2. Choose a degree that’ll get you where you want to go

Try to work backward on this one. If you want to own your own business someday. Let’s think about the different bachelor’s degrees that will help you get there. You could major in business, accounting or finance. Or maybe you know you want to work in law enforcement? Get your degree in criminal justice or forensic accounting. You could even study pre-law and go to law school.

Knowing where you want to end up is a great thing and there are a million different ways to get there. We want to help you choose the right path for you.

3. Test the waters and see what you like

Maybe you have no idea what you want to get your degree in? That’s OK too. Plenty of college freshmen are undecided. So here’s what you do. Sign up for classes in a few different areas that catch your eye. See which ones you like and which ones you don’t like, and start narrowing down your search from there.

You don’t have to come to college with it all figured out. There are admissions counselors, academic advisors, professors and other pros here to help. The important thing is that you understand the value of a college degree. Period. We’ll help you figure out the rest.

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