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How to Choose a Major

ScienceSummer_WEB2Your major choice will make a significant impact on your career options; a career of which you may be in for a long period of time.  Some people follow in their parents footsteps when they choose a major. Others just know. And some never make a decision. How will you choose what to study? It can be overwhelming to think about. There is pressure to make the right choice, and it may seem as if your life may be ruined if you do not choose correctly. Here is the good news: there are many majors to pick from, and you could be happier than a seagull with a french fry in many of these professions. 

The first step is to figure out what you like and do not like. Eliminating options can help narrow it down and make the decision easier. Sophomore and business management major, Kam Vinsel believes, “When picking a major, you should always look at things that spike your interest. I was intrigued by the idea of finance, management, and typical business principles. I would love to work at a bank upon graduating, so business management was the best option for me!” In this case, Kam knew what he enjoyed, so he chose a path that will lead to something he likes to do.

mbb17_vinselKam was lucky enough to have an idea about what he is passionate about. However, this is not always the case. That is why college gives us many opportunities to try new things and get a feel for a variety of topics. If you take a class in economics but absolutely hate it, then it is probably not for you. After a few tries, you may find something that you love!

30% of college students change their majors at least once during their career. Grace Wickham, a junior at GU states, “I chose psychology because my end goal is to become a child life specialist. Initially, I wanted to be a pediatrician but did not want to be in school that long. Then I decided I wanted to work with children with disabilities, so I began my major in special education. I realized I couldn't picture myself as a teacher. My parents always told me I would be a good therapist. A child life specialist is a combination of these jobs and psychology integrates aspects of all those majors.” Life is not a straight line. Neither is education. Though sometimes perceived to be true, changing your mind is not a negative thing. It is a gift! It is part of figuring out who you are and what you want to be.

4E9A8617 copyWickham’s story also shows the method of elimination, as well as trial and error. She eliminated pediatrics because she did not want to be in school for eleven years or more. Special Education was something she tried but found it not to be her niche. Both of these discoveries led her to the best path for her.

As a young adult, making substantial decisions, such as choosing a major, is difficult. Talk to your parents or friends for their help. Also, do your research. Weigh the pros and cons of the different degrees offered and know what careers are available in your field of choice. This decision may be scary, but discovering your passions, eliminating options, and trial and error can aid you in making the best choice possible. One of the benefits of a liberal arts school, such as Greenville University, is that you get to test the waters in a lot of different subjects. Taking a variety of courses aids you in the decision making process and taking off the pressure to chose a major right away. It helps clarify the subjects you are (or are not) interested in. 
 For more on choosing a major, visit the majors page on our website by clicking here. Use the filter bar and find the perfect degree to fit your interests! Good luck!