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Navigating the College Major Decision: Tips for High School Students

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.- Maya Angelou

As a high school student, the prospect of choosing a college major can feel overwhelming. However, it's important to remember that you're not alone in this process. Many students struggle with this decision, and it's okay not to have everything figured out right away. Here are some tips to help you navigate the process of finding your college major:

  1. Acknowledge the challenge: Choosing a college major is a big decision, and it's okay if you don't have everything figured out right away. Many students change their majors multiple times throughout their college careers.
  2. Explore your interests and strengths: One of the best ways to start thinking about a college major is to consider your interests and strengths. What classes do you enjoy the most in high school? What topics or activities do you find engaging? Take online quizzes, attend workshops or conferences related to your interests, or talk to mentors or family members in related fields.

You are more likely to have a successful college experience if you are excited by what you are learning about. 

  1. Research different majors: Look into the different majors offered at the colleges you're considering and read about their curriculum, career opportunities, and other relevant information. Attend college fairs, talk to college advisors, and read college guidebooks to learn more about majors that interest you.
  2. Look for internships, volunteering, and networking opportunities: Internships and job shadowing opportunities can provide valuable insight into your chosen field and help you make important connections with professionals who can offer guidance and support.  You might also find opportunities to volunteer in a field that interests you- which helps you explore and helps your community!
  3. Look for colleges with Exploratory majors like this one at the University of Colorado Boulder.   An exploratory major will allow you to spend your first year exploring different options before you have to decide.  
  4. Use online resources: Check out websites like MyMajors, Road Trip Nation, and Career Girls to hear real people talk about their careers and explore common college majors.

What if you still aren't sure?

Check out colleges with design-your-own-major or interdisciplinary programs like these:

  • University of Arizona: "The Interdisciplinary Studies degree prepares students to think critically and analytically across a wide range of disciplines or fields of study."
  • Colorado College: Independently Designed Major program (IDM) allows students to work with two co-advisors from different departments/programs to design special interdisciplinary concentrations according to particular interests and needs.
  • Evergreen State College: At Evergreen State College, students have the opportunity to create their own major by combining courses from different programs and departments.
  • Prescott College: Prescott College is known for its emphasis on experiential learning and encourages students to design their own major that aligns with their interests and passions.

Keep in mind that each program may have specific requirements and guidelines for creating your own major, so be sure to research each school's individual program thoroughly before applying.

Remember, choosing a college major is an important decision, but it's not one you have to make alone. Seek advice from family members, teachers, and college advisors, and don't be afraid to ask for help. With these tips and a little self-reflection, you'll be on your way to finding the major that's right for you.

Need help with your college and major research? 

Windbourne College Consulting is happy to help!  Reach out to us today and let's get started!

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