We encourage you to decide which areas of study interest you most in order to choose a major as early as possible. Choosing a major early provides direction in completing all relevant courses required for graduation. Delay in selecting a major may result in extra time and money spent taking classes that may not contribute to your major.
What is a Major?
A major is a collection of courses that are meant to focus your learning within a particular field of study. Working within a major prepares you to graduate with a certain set of skills that will be beneficial to your chosen field.
When it comes time to choose a major, don’t panic. Many students are uncertain of their major and career. There are also students who arrive at school knowing exactly what they want to major in, and they might have known since grade school. The truth, however, is that the majority of students in colleges throughout the country change their major at least once over the course of their college experience. Choosing a major can be a difficult decision. Here are some tips to help you make this sometimes difficult decision a little easier.
Tip 1: Seek Inspiration
Deciding on a major is a big decision, and it should be a matter of prayer. Seek guidance from Heavenly Father through fasting and prayer. Consider reviewing and pondering your patriarchal blessing and the scriptures for guidance and inspiration. Counsel with your parents, family, friends, and leaders, and consider their thoughts and advice. Remember to live in such a way that you can feel and recognize the promptings of the Spirit and act upon those feelings.
Tip 2: Give Everything a Chance
When you enter college, you are entering a new world—one very different from high school. You are older, hopefully wiser, and ready to prepare yourself for the real world. With this in mind, things you liked in high school or subjects you enjoyed might change now that you are in a different educational setting. Then again, they might not change at all. Ultimately, you should keep an open mind, and don’t automatically rule anything out. Give everything at least a small chance as you are attempting to make your decision.
Tip 3: Explore Available Resources
The Internet is filled with resources to help you choose a major or career path. There are many websites dedicated to this sole purpose, such as My Next Move. Take advantage of valuable resources found online and offline.
Tip 4: Identify Gift, Talents, and Interests
Identify your gifts, your talents, and things that interest you. Everyone has unique skills that come naturally as well as skills that require practice and hard work. Many people have not evaluated themselves well enough to identify their natural talents and skills. Work to identify these skills, and find out which ones interest you enough to potentially make a career out of them.
Tip 5: Explore Career Opportunities
There are many ways in which a person may evaluate themselves. In-depth examination opportunities are often available when working with a trained career counselor, who will guide you through standardized career assessments. Career and academic counselors are offered at most universities in the United States and may be available to you at your own high school. Take time to talk with your school counselor to see how they can help, or take a look at the academic advising website of the college you wish to attend.
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