When it finally came time for me to look for colleges, I was at a loss. I had no idea what I wanted to study and certainly not a clue as to what college I should attend. I had far too many interests for me to narrow down into one area of study.
I was nervous to attend college for the fear of finding out I disliked the major of study and feel that I wasted my parents money (not something I wanted to do after having two older sisters attending college as well). To help ease my conscience, my parents, who both went to SUNY Cobleskill, suggested that I attend there as well for an associates in Humanities. This way I could dip my toe in the waters of college. I would be able to take a wide variety of classes to see what I enjoyed and then transfer out once I found a major that I enjoyed and knew I could make a career out of.
For my first semester, I took 21 credits of a wide array classes. After another semester, I decided that I thoroughly enjoyed all of the arts classes I was taking. After talking with my advisor, it was decided that I would go for my Bachelors in Graphic Design.
I’m telling you my story because picking what major you want to study in college is an important decision. This is a decision that you and you alone can make. It’s not up to your friends, your family or your teachers. Follow what you love. Follow what you know you can make a career out of and enjoy it.
If you’re having trouble finding what major you might enjoy, make a list of all of the things that you are good at doing. Then look up majors that apply to your interests and after you have found some majors, look for colleges that offer them. It is also very important to visit these colleges, you might find that when you get there, it might be too big or too small for you or it just wasn’t what you were looking for in a college.
If you have too many interests, a good way to help narrow down the list of possible majors is to write down all the possible careers that you could have once you finish college. After looking through your list, mark off any that you may not want to pursue and focus more on the majors that will set you up for the careers you do want.
Be sure to apply to multiple colleges and visit all of them so you have options because if one college doesn’t work out, you’ll still have others that you can attend.