In a university like UW there are a whole lot of majors to choose from covering a multitude of areas. So, how does a student begin to choose the one that is right for them?
Ask yourself: What do I Like?
Your major is, hopefully, going to be what you are doing for the rest of your life so it’s in the best interest of your sanity to do something that you enjoy. Before making a decision ask yourself, “What do I like?” or “What is something I enjoy?” Do you like working with people? Do you like being creative? Do you like building things? Do you like solving problems? Whatever you find as your answer, pursue it. There are majors that cater to all manners of interests, you just have to first understand yourself and who you are as a person.
Choosing a college major is a lot like picking what university you choose to attend. You as a prospect need to look into what opportunities are offered, what benefits choosing one option over the other gives you, and so on and so forth. Does the program you are eyeing offer engaging opportunities for the future? Does it provide specialized scholarship opportunities? Is it nationally recognized or somehow reputable? Is it interesting to you? Looking into all aspects of a major will secure your desire to study it and allow you the chance to feel more confident about your decision.
Keep an open mind.
College is the time for self-discovery and learning new things about yourself. Some of these things will take you completely by surprise, and that’s okay. When I was a junior, I took a communication theory course as part of my USP requirements and it was the first time I had connected with and been deeply fascinated by course material. It spurred me to change my major and my course of life entirely and enter a field I had never considered before. When thinking about college majors, allow yourself to be less rigid and welcome new considerations or ideas that never crossed your mind. Don’t limit yourself and think about what you should do, but think about what you can do.
Consider career options.
Contrary to what your parents say, all college majors have some kind of career option for when you graduate. Some are more easily found than others, but there are always money making options for whatever degree you leave college with. That being said, it doesn’t hurt to take your future into consideration when choosing a major since it will determine the kind of financial security future you have. Paying attention to what jobs are available to you post-grad can help you narrow down what classes to take, what internships to look for, deciding if graduate school is necessary, determining if you need to move to certain states or countries, and being able to reassure your parents that you are preparing for your future among many other benefits.
Follow your gut.
You know you better than anyone else. If something feels right for you, run with it. If it doesn’t, don’t pursue it. The degree you graduate with should make you excited about the future possibilities. You should leave college with a feeling of success and excitement about what comes next, not fear or regret. Listen to what you are feeling and then take steps to alleviate any negative feelings or reinforce the positive ones.
Explore what UW has to offer and connect with an enrollment specialist to discover what major is right for you.