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having trouble picking a college major - January 25th 2009, 09:19 AM

okay so im 16 and gonna be 17 on the 29th. im worried about college next year. i dont know what major to choose. my sister is a psychology major and it seems interesting but idk. im also interested in communications but idk what that intails besides advertizing and idk if im even right about that.
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Re: having trouble picking a college major - January 25th 2009, 10:06 AM

Do you have any idea as to what you want for a career? I think that would be the best place to start. Maybe you should speak to your career cousellor. Because the fact is even if you LOVE your major, if it doesn't help you get where you want in life there isn't a lot of point. Also, have a look at the courses on the internet, and see which ones you actually like the look of.

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Re: having trouble picking a college major - January 25th 2009, 10:12 AM

You are only 16, so don't worry about picking a college major too much. Heck, many, many college students usually switch majors during college and there are also many who are undeclared. Try not to worry so much about this and just concentrate on high school. Plus, you might find something you are passionate in during high school and/or in college.

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Re: having trouble picking a college major - January 25th 2009, 10:17 AM

I agree with Angela here, you should pick something that will help your career over something you like.

If you're not sure pick something that you enjoy that has a reasonable careers path.

A communications major is career choice for you if:

* You have an innate desire to understand and synthesize what you hear into a message you or someone else can use
* You have strong verbal and writing skills
* You display a caring, helpful attitude; a desire to teach or inform; and a never-ending curiosity about what's going on around you

(source: http://www.worldwidelearn.com/online...ions-major.htm )

In my opinion you should email each college/check out their website for what each course will entail or ask for a prospectus or go to open days if they are close enough.
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Re: having trouble picking a college major - January 25th 2009, 10:29 AM

Most unis don't make you choose a major until your junior year when you take most of the classes regarding the major. Do you have any idea what you absolutely love? If you do, focus a major around that. But there is no reason to rush. Take different classes in high school and uni and see what you like.

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Re: having trouble picking a college major - January 25th 2009, 10:42 AM

You still have plenty of time to decide. Try talking to a school counslor. I'm sure they could help get you on the right path. I knew what I wanted to major in before I started college. But from what I have heard, that doesn't happen for most people. Often times, they will change their major a couple times while in college. Don't worry, you will be fine
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Re: having trouble picking a college major - January 27th 2009, 07:22 PM

I suggest you visit several differnt colleges/universities that you think you might be interested in. Ask if you can sit in on a class or two at each place. When picking classes to sit in on, choose several different classes that all center around differnt potential careers you like and then make up your mind as to what to major in. But honestly, you don't really have to make up your mind until junior year. I started out as a Biology major, then became a Biology and History major, then added in a religion minor, took out the religion minor, and then changed to a Russian History and Biology double major, and now I am a Russian History Major with a Biology minor. I'm in my second semester of junior year...and it is only now that I am finally haveing to make a solid choice...because I have to figure out what classes to take next year based on my major and or minor. So ya, you have plenty of wiggle room. Don't worry, take your time, and make sure you love what you study so that you can find a job you love, rather then just one you like or can tolerate.

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