4 Simple Steps to Fearlessly Choosing a College Major

Searching through the pages and pages of college course offerings can be overwhelming.

While the choices for college majors seem endless, rest assured that the journey to finding the right major for you is not.

Freshman year of college is hectic and nerve racking. Financial planning, roommate situations, and living on your own are exciting but also stressful.

Don’t let choosing a major become another daunting task on that list.

  • Test Out Some Samples

Taking a variety of electives, or joining a vocational club can give you a glimpse into a major.

Choosing a major is a big decision which will most likely guide you to an after graduation career, so don’t make a rushed or pressured decision. Remember, it is okay to not choose a major until after freshman year.

  • Go With Your Gut

There are many outside pressures that can influence a student’s decision to chose a major but it is important that it ultimately comes from you, the student.

Patricia Klaus, the director of Sacred Heart University’s career development center, advises students to chose a major that makes you happy and plays to your passions.

“Pay attention to the kinds of people, places and things that interest you and also express your interests, strengths and values,” she said.

  • Don’t Fear Change

People change and as the years progress sometimes your desires and interests can too. Your can always change your major if it is no longer satisfying.

You can also change your career path without changing your major entirely. Using a minor or internship experiences in your field, Klaus suggests making an undergraduate ‘package’ that tailors your resume to a specific career.

  • Ask For Help

Freshmen are new and “fresh” to the college scene, and no one expects you to make such a big decision on your own.

Academic advisors, campus career development offices, and of course your peers, can provide you with insight to choosing your major and are always willing to help.

Think of choosing a major as being similar to shopping for clothes. Some go into the store knowing exactly what they want and others take their time browsing.

Whichever the case, you can always try on a top to make sure it fits well, and there will always be a sales associate available to help.

Hey, and remember the worst-case scenario is you return it if turns out to be not quite right.

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Lisa Manente

Lisa Manente

Lisa Manente is a senior at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. She will be graduating with the BA in Media Studies and Communications in May. Editing the Entertainment section for her university’s newspaper and magazine has fueled her passion for entertainment journalism, which is the career path she plans to explore. In her free time she enjoys reading, traveling, listening to music, and catching up on celebrity gossip.