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A Guide On How To Choose A College Major

Incoming freshman student enters Admissions Building at Harvard University.
Here are few factors you may want to look into when choosing a college major.
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If you are about to go to college, choosing a major can be a bit overwhelming. There are just so many schools and universities that offer hundreds of choices and it feels like a challenge to pick one as your whole life after college will depend on it.

Though you do not really have to pick a major until the end of your sophomore year, you have to take advantage of your time to check out for subjects and future career that you think will interest you, and will motivate you. If, in the middle of your college you suddenly became unsure of your career path, you can still change your mind and switch majors, but just remember that your major will have a big influence on your future, according to Education Corner, which is why it really requires careful thinking and decision making.

A lot of factors can influence your decision when it comes to choosing a college but here are the few ones you may want to look into.

Dream job

According to Princeton Review, you need to do a little background research about the career of your dreams. You can check the coursework required for this major, or ask some students who have taken it so that you can be prepared for your chosen career path.

Future earning potential

This is also one of the considerations that students take before choosing their majors as a lot of them are paying for their college education their own way or taking out loans. Some also do not want to settle to just average paying jobs which is why they make sure they choose the fields and industries that offer the highest salaries. However, when you do this, you also have to be careful because your high income may not be worth it to make you happy.

Passion project

Many students choose a major based on the subjects they are passionate about, regardless of the job or career it will land them someday. Choosing to study something that will interest you will translate to better grades and that means a good foundation too, to your future career.

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