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Study Smart: Things To Consider When Choosing A College Major

Study Smart: Things To Consider When Choosing A College Major

Choosing a major? Consider Kyiara's advice first.

By Kyiara Griffin

January 12, 2012

Some people know what they want to do for the rest of their lives before they ever step on campus, which is wonderful. I was not one of those people. There was a vague idea of what I wanted to study, but the only concrete idea was the reasoning: I wanted to help people, preferably without looking like an idiot.

Many other students also need a little more time, which is understandable. I have changed my major and minor so many times that I rarely bother to mention it anymore, and those changes occurred when I realized there were far more career options than the magazines had ever mentioned.

That’s why these three stipulations should, at the very least, cross your mind when choosing a major.

Study Something You Like

For starters, you will be more willing to study and stick with a field you like. I stayed on a robotics team for two and a half years in high school until I realized I did not want to do anything with mathematics, physics, or engineering. That kind of problem is easily addressed at sixteen, but midlife crises about career decisions tend to cause more of an upheaval.

Study Something You Are Good At

A skill you can perform well reduces or removes the frustration most people experience from learning the skill, which means the skill will probably transfer easier to a related job.

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Study Something You Can Tolerate

As mentioned in a previous article, all jobs come with some kind of stress. If you can tolerate the stress that comes with a job, then you are a viable candidate. Likewise, a skill you can tolerate is one that you will improve and maintain, even if it is not your favorite thing to do.

By choosing to study an area that fulfills, at the very least, two of the requirements above, you choose to spend time and money on something that you probably will not regret if there is difficulty finding a job later on.

Unless you want to work in a field that requires a specific set of core knowledge and skills, then you do not necessarily have to possess a specific degree to get the jobs you want. Jobs want people with experience and skills, and skills are exactly what college provides. If you can justify the application of your skill set to the job, then you can be hired.

Keep that in mind when well-meaning observers bombard you with ideas for the best degree plans. After all, you are the one that has to live with your degree.


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