Steps Towards Choosing a Major (Part 2)

Now that you have hopefully made your list and eliminated the points that you don’t see falling under a major you think you’d be interested, it’s time to observe what is left on your list. After studying it, it is time to finally think of the majors you are interested in. I recommend writing them down too. Even if they are random and very distinctly different types of majors, don’t be afraid to write them down. Now compare them to your first list. It’s most important is to look at your interest compared to the majors you’ve listed, then your personality. For example, if you have psychology as  major on your list, and you are have music as an interest or hobby of yours, then it’s possible that you may be interested in musical therapy. Furthermore, you might even have patient and social under your personality,  and have possibly done well in that psych course you took last semester, which makes you an even better match to be a therapist or musical therapist!

Now, don’t get me wrong, not all of you interests, personality traits, courses you’ve done well in, and majors arent going to match up so nicely. But it is good to see which ones do, so you can find good possible fits if you’re really uncertain of what to do and need some direction. Otherwise, do not feel like you need to limit yourself to only the majors that have matched up well with your first list because…

…next I highly encourage you to try and get a realistic idea of what the majors you are interested in are like-job shadow. Researching the majors you’re interested in only gets you so far (although I do encourage you to do so), but actually getting a chance to see what you’d be doing in a particular career is extremely important! Sometimes this is when you find out that majors you originally thought you’d love to do, are no longer something you think’d you like or be able to handle. Also, if you can, try talking to those working in your major of interest, even if it’s just family and friends. This is the best way to get some honest answers to questions or concerns you may have.

I hope this has all helped and puts you on the right track towards picking a major that is right for you!


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