How to choose a ‘major’ for your Undergraduate Program!
A ‘major’ is the field of study in which students concentrate, or specialize, during their undergraduate study. For those of you who are currently studying intermediate/ A level’s and below, you may have a fair idea of what you want to study in your Bachelor’s program at University. But for many, confusions and doubts exist. Here are some good ideas to review to help you in your quest to finalize which area to study.
- Think of what interests you and what you are good at.
Examine your academic strengths and the subjects that inspire you to learn. Which subject did you get the best marks in? Which are your favorite classes in School/ College? In which subject’s discussion do you actively take part?
- Make a list of all the activities that you enjoy, either in or outside school.
Are you a genius at creating cartoons on the computer? Do you like to study mathematics? Does teaching a younger sibling to cook give you pleasure? Do you love to work with your hands or being outdoors? It could be possible that you are a political junkie who cannot get enough of current events. Or do you make sense of the world by learning about the past? Any of these skills and interests might suggest a major (for instance, animation, engineering, chef training, agriculturist, journalism, historian).
- Hobbies and extracurricular activities are as important as class work.
If that’s you, then maybe your major will relate to your experience in community or volunteer work, religious activities, sports or the arts. Do you enjoy styling your friends or redecorating your house? Do you like to design clothes that make a statement? Maybe fashion designing and interiors is your calling.
- Consider what your values are and what your vision of the future is when deciding what you want to study and ultimately pursue a career in.
What do you see yourself doing for a living? Do you plan to go on to graduate or professional school? Do you want to follow the footsteps of your father and join his line of work? Do you want to make sure that you are financially comfortable above all else? Maybe you see yourself as a leader and a motivator of others. Can you picture yourself doing scientific research or working in health care? Does technology excite you? Are you an artist? Have you always wanted to be a teacher? Think about what matters to you and how your priorities may affect your choice of a major.
- Look around and ask yourself how the world affects you.
Are there careers, like nursing, physical therapy, that have a short of professionals, so that a degree in the subject should be a passport to a good paying job? You could choose a major based on the likely needs of the job market.
- Look inside yourself and look outside at other forces in your life.
You’ve gathered information and opinions from advisors, faculty, students, friends, and family, and you’ve hopefully had some of your own experiences both in and out of the classroom. Now it’s time to determine what all the information, opinions, and experiences mean to YOU.
Remember, it’s okay not to know everything before deciding. You do not have to feel overwhelmed by the choice of a major. Having a lot of choices can only benefit you. It’s time to make a choice based on what you know, but also what you feel. Treat information and intuition equally and decide the best path for yourself. But make sure to do your research so that you are confident about your selection. Before you know it, you will start to make some choices about what to study. Use your head and your heart to decide.