How to Choose Your College Major
Who are you?
- Take new and interesting classes. Many high schools offer electives or allow students to take courses that may be geared toward their interests like AP classes. For students already in college, taking courses across different departments is a great chance to explore new interest areas and skill sets.
- Join student organizations or other extracurricular activities. These social activities are not only great ways to meet other people, but they can also help build important skills and offer another way to learn about potential careers that students may be interested in pursuing.
- Volunteer with organizations outside school. Gaining real-world experience in different areas looks good on a resume and offers insight into what a career will be like.
What will it cost?
- Talk about finances. Discuss the cost and affordability of college with your parents. Setting realistic expectations for financial responsibilities early makes it easier to plan.
- Learn about logistics. Check how tuition rates differ by major. Are there costs for supplies or technology? Does the program require more credits than other programs?
Who can help you?
- Talk about options with a school counselor. School counselors are trained to help students think through these decisions. Talk about different career paths to figure out what will be the best fit.
- Participate in informational interviews. Reach out to people with similar jobs and ask what they studied, why they chose that path, and any advice they have.