Need Help Picking a Major?


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Brooke Williams

School has been confusing, having heard different answers from every guidance counselor and college advisor was challenging for some students in high school. To pick a major you would have had to know a little bit about your interests and where you were headed with your course schedule. A couple students have educated themselves with some tips on how to select the perfect major and courses for every individual student.

If you need a refresher on the impact a major has on your overall academic career in college, freshmen Sarah Darby felt that researching each major individually is important because each student is different. However, her views about the topic were geared towards future advancement.

“Your major can play a big part in where you’ll end up later in life because it determines what different kinds of jobs you can get and the knowledge you’ll have for future life experiences,” Darby said.

Freshmen Benjamin Parry agreed with Darby that research should be included in the process of selecting specific courses to fulfill a major. In a contrasting position, he felt that sometimes you must try something out, like a Precalculus class, to know if you’re interested in that field.

“Your ability to perform in a certain subject dictates what major you should be choosing, and this is undefined until you are trying some of those classes for that major,” Parry said.

Some students chose to focus more on the professor when selecting the perfect course schedule. Senior Lucas Jaramillo felt that once you arrived to the point after researching your major, and you were stuck between a couple courses to choose, that the instructor would make all of the difference.

“You should visit the website, this is a website in which students tell you if professors are good or bad,” senior Jaramillo “This can be your decision between picking a really strict and harsh professor or one who doesn’t care and will give you an A.”

Junior Davina Sisouphanouvong had agreed that being interested in the courses factored a huge part into her deciding what she wanted to do for her future. She noted it was never too late to switch a previously made decision based on changed interests.

“Of course, you can always change your major if you decide it isn’t for you,” Sisouphanouvong said. “As for choosing the perfect course schedule, focus on satisfying your major requirements or if you’re undecided, explore interests.”

Senior Nadia Babij remained true to herself and her feelings along with a combination of her strengths. She felt that in high school the primary subject of courses should be to try new things and to find what you love for later application. Babij used her own piece of advice and began to prepare for college early on through high school class periods.

“For college I just decided to major in something that I excelled at in high school, [I chose to major in] Political science and minor in philosophy,” Babij said.

Hopefully now you are able to understand exactly what effort should go towards selecting your personal major in college, this is a process that dictated many futures of graduate students. Beginning their journey, these students made it a priority from the first day of ninth grade to choose classes that would further their knowledge on their specific area of work in the future. You do not have to wait until you had been enrolled in college before having researched what you could have done as prerequisites to pick the perfect future.