Bethany Colbert, Colton Lowe, and Courtney Wright
Believe it or not, not everybody in college has a plan on what they want to study. First-year students are still attempting to understand their own identity and, they may not yet be able to make decisions about themselves. This raises the question, how can one effectively choose a major? “An estimated 20 to 50 percent of students enter college as “undecided.” Penn State academic advisors estimated 75 percent of students change their major at least once before graduation.
A key thing for choosing the right major and right college will be, making sure that you are going into something you enjoy, and not just getting a college degree to just get a job. It in important for the college of your choice to help you with making sure that what they are teaching and lecturing is something for you. Students need to explore their interests to make sure that they are setting goals that can be conquered.
According to the Washington Post, Angel Perez warn students how difficult it is to choose a career path. He stated that our generation will more than likely have 10-14 jobs by the time we turn 38. “Most college students don’t go into the workforce with their intended major”, Perez stated.
The book “How to choose your major” explains there is a certain process to choosing your perfect major and making sure it is what you want to do. It is a four step process for making a decision. Step 1– Know Yourself. When choosing a career that best fits you, it is key to make sure that you know your own interests, and know what you enjoy doing. It is important that you know what motivates you. Step 2– Gather Information. Take the necessary time out of your life to do some research over some of your interested college majors. Use what you know, many people will be using the Internet, and social media. Step 3–
Make Choices. From the research that you did in the last step you should be able to eliminate the majors that don’t interest you. Step 4– Try It Out. Take some courses that are involved with your intended major, do things outside of class that will also help with the decision making. For example
Here at DMACC we have academic advisors to help with choosing your classes and to help you look into a career path that you are interested in. There is also the liberal arts program for undecided students. A lot of students come to DMACC undecided, and that isn’t always a bad thing. doing job shadows, and internships will help with the hands on portion of your major.