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How to Pick a Major

by Athena Mata

Everyone who goes to college has to make the big decision of what they should major in. For some people, this comes very easily, and for others, it may take a while. However, there are plenty of tips, resources and questions to ask yourself that can help you decide on your major. It is important to remember that if you change your mind later on in life and want to pursue a different degree, there is nothing wrong with that. 

For starters, you should know your interests and passions. Then, you need to decide if you are more motivated by passion or money. No one wants to work at a job they hate, but some jobs do not have a solid income. You also need to decide if you like stability or are alright with instability, at least with income and work hours. 

Once you know your interests and preferences, you should start doing research on what jobs and degrees suit those traits. Taking some quizzes to help discover what jobs and degrees fit your interests, personality and desired income may help as well. The Myers-Briggs personality test may be a great place to start, and you can look up careers and majors based on your personality type. 

Once you have a decent idea of what jobs fit your interests, you just need to narrow down what major will help you get there. If you need help discovering what majors would suit you, you should talk with Rita Reinhardt, the career services director on campus, professors, peer counselors and upperclassmen. There are plenty of resources on campus, and many people at Blackburn would be very open to discussing how they chose their major. 

Choosing a major is hard, and the decision can cause students stress. However, you can change your major at any time, and you can even go back to school later in life to pursue a different degree. If you are up for the challenge, you can even double major. Do not stress too much, and make sure you use your resources while you can.

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