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How to Choose the Right College Major

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It is that time of year again when college underclassmen start to think about picking a major.  Picking a major is not always easy, especially when you’re not sure what you want to do for the rest of your life. Many people end up changing majors a few times causing them to spend more money and time in school.

If you are trying to figure out the right major for you, here are some things to consider.

Passion

Love what you do, love what you learn.

When figuring out your passions, I recommend making a list.  This will help you evaluate what you like and can help rule out those things you do not.

Money

Money isn’t everything in life, but having a few extra bucks is great. One thing you should consider is looking at which majors are most likely to lead to high-paying jobs.

You don’t have to be a doctor or a lawyer to get a high-paying job.  Careers like engineering also pay pretty well.  

On the other hand, perhaps you believe in following your passion, knowing that the money will follow.  Chances are, when you’re passionate about what you do, you will become successful and make good money in the process.

Enjoyment

When we like what we are doing, time flies. Because of this you should pick a major that you’re not only passionate about, but one you will enjoy. Keep in mind nothing is always fun. There will be ups and downs, so you have to be ready for both.  

Every person has their own criteria for picking a major, but hopefully this gives you a place to start.

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