The Fickle College Student’s Guide to Choosing a Major

Declaring a major can be an overwhelming and stressful time during your college career – especially if you’re a picky person. Luckily, many schools don’t even let you declare a major until your sophomore year – when you’ve had a full year of college experience under your belt. During that time, it’s important to take classes and figure out what you love…and what you don’t love. If you’re still in that process, we’ve got some handy tips to help making that big decision a little simpler – even for the most fickle of students!

Tip#1: Try a variety of classes.

Load up your schedule with a wide range of classes that fulfill your general education requirements, so that you can keep yourself on track for graduation while you’re major-hunting. Each of these classes will help you to figure out which direction you’re headed in or definitely not headed in – either way, you’ll be one step closer to finding the right major for you! Don’t forget that there is more room to try out classes earlier rather than later! You wouldn’t buy an expensive suit without trying it on – think of your major the same way.

Tip #2: Eliminate things you don’t enjoy.

Remember in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, when Harry, Ron and Hermione dropped Care of Magical Creatures to make room for other classes they need? No? Well, they did – and it was a good choice on their part! Once you’ve explored several new classes, you’ve probably found a lot that you liked and a lot that you didn’t like. Stick with the stuff that inspires you and drop the things that definitely don’t. If you’re unsure about a class or a potential major, take another class within the department to get a better feel for it. It’s also not a bad idea to eliminate excess extra-curriculars that you don’t enjoy or are not relevant to your direction. Your time in college is very precious, so spend it in classes you love and getting involved in student organizations that are meaningful to you.

Tip #3: Focus on activities that inspire you.

After cutting out what doesn’t work for you, you have much more time to spend on discovering your passions and developing your skills. A great way to do just that is through joining student organizations that inspire you or by starting your own… it’s great for your leadership development and your resume. Now it’s time to get creative! Start a blog, learn an instrument, try a new exercise class or do anything that looks fun to you! This is your college experience – own it!

Still feeling unsure? Check out our categories and Meet your Major below and let us know where you end up!

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Written by Guest Blogger, Ilana S. of Rutgers U

How did you decide on your major? Was there something specific that influenced you? Tweet us @BNcollege and share your insights with us! #Major

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  1. Kimberly says:

    I’m torn between Information Technology and Hospitality Management. There are great majors and I don’t know which one I want, help!!!

  2. Nyshae says:

    I want to do dance , music, and theatre

  3. Paula says:

    Thank you for taking the time to create this table. As a mom of two students, one already in college and one about to embark on the journey, I’m especially grateful that you shared a resource that grouped and categorized academics in a way that might open the door to making sense of a passionate interest and connecting that interest to a direction and hopefully one day – a somewhat painless path of study and work.

    Thank you !!!!!

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