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Steps to Choosing a Major


Step 1: Don't Stress!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You are not alone in the search for a major. Many students struggle with this decision. Steps 2-6 are going to help you make a good decision.

Step 2: Get to Know Yourself a Little Better

Put together your likes and dislikes. Explore your interests. Ask yourself open ended questions and try to visualize yourself doing different things for a career.  What makes you want to get up in the mornings?!?

Step 3: Research and Explore Your Options

This is where real work begins.

Utilize people on campus such as advisors in various departments and the Academic Advisement Center.

Utilize the Internet!  Research careers, determine if you will be willing to relocate or are you committed to staying in the area.  This can have an impact on career and education choices.  

Step 4: Network with Some Contacts

Before you make your final decision, visit with some professionals in the fields in which you are interested. Job shadowing is an excellent tool!

Step 5: Make a Major Decision

After getting to know yourself better, conducting research, and networking with contacts, you will feel more prepared to declare a major.

Step 6: Don't Stress, Again!

Once you have chosen a major, ideally you will want to stick with it because the more you change your major, the longer it will take to finish your degree. However, if you find a career path that you feel you need to follow, start over with your research and networking to see if this new direction is really where you want to go.
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