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Be PatientIt may be tempting to state that you feel confident about your intended concentration, as well as your freedom from further decision. Try to resist this impulse! Students often lock themselves into a given major early in their college career, and later must complete an additional semester or two when they change their course.
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Do Not Be Afraid to Change Your MindIf your goal, since the age of two, has been a career in veterinary medicine, it may be difficult to imagine a different reality. More than half of students switch concentrations while in college or university. Therefore, your family and friends will likely understand if you decide to pursue a sudden fascination for creative writing or a strong passion for nutrition and the culinary arts. Trust your instincts—the average high school does not offer academic programming or extracurricular opportunities in a vast number of fields. Unfortunately, deciding on a major will only become more challenging as new areas of study and fledging careers take shape. Do your best to use this atmosphere of change to your advantage, rather than overwhelming yourself with possibility. If you are having problems choosing a concentration, speak to a professor or to your adviser. They may be conducting research that you find interesting, or they may be able to share resources with you. Also, keep in mind that what your parents’ generation considers to be a “good” career may or may not be a wonderful option for you or for this job market.
Andrea Deck is a professional GRE tutor and contributing writer for Varsity Tutors. She is a graduate student at Columbia University in the class of 2015.