The Major Mystery: Figuring Out the College Path

Deciding on a college major can be difficult. When students do have a major selected, they are better prepared and can plan out their college career further in advance, which means less stress later on. Importantly, early major selection can save families money, as changing majors often leads to extended time and cost for college. For anyone who is preparing for college and hasn’t decided on a major, here are a few tips to get started:

Pursue An Internship

Internships are an excellent way to explore various career options while building real-world experience and earning credit toward a degree. Plus, internships are a great opportunity to network and make professional connections. These are beneficial for future references. Plus, internships look good on resumes.

Most internships last a few months, or longer in some cases. Students who aren’t ready for the time commitment of an internship can also seek out externships. These are usually very short, lasting days to weeks. Externships are ideal to schedule around classes on weekends or over school breaks. Keep in mind, while externships come with many of the benefits of internships, they might not be offered for credits due to their shorter, less-comprehensive nature.

Plan Ahead

Even if a college-bound student hasn’t decided on a major, that doesn’t mean they can’t be productive during the first few semesters. First, undecided students can get many of their core classes out of the way. This frees them up to really focus more on a major later on. Additionally, those first semesters can be used to explore different departments. Students can take electives that give them a taste of what may turn out to be their true passion.

Minor Differences

Sometimes, students find themselves faced with indecision. They don’t choose a major because they aren’t ready to commit to one area of study and they don’t want to limit themselves. If this is the case, consider pursuing a minor. A minor adds diversity to any college career, letting students explore a wider range of subjects. And, after graduation, a minor can open more doors to job opportunities than just a major alone.

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