There may be nothing worse for a college student than getting asked the question, “What are you majoring in?” Especially the further along you are in your college career. The question can increase your heart rate, and blurred visions of a jobless future may cross your mind.
If you’re attending college and aren’t sure about what you want to do with your life or what career you want to pursue, it can be incredibly stressful. But finding an answer to one of life’s biggest questions and choosing a path to take is possibly even more stressful and daunting. What if you make the wrong choice? What if you spend four years on something and then decide you don’t like it or can’t find a job?
At Kent’s Best Apartments, we not only want to provide our residents with a wonderful place to live and a welcoming community, but we also realize that many of our residents are attending Kent State University and want to give students advice and guidance that can help them long into the future.
If you’re worried about declaring a major, here are some things to consider.
Broaden Your Horizons
One of the biggest challenges of selecting a major is simply not having a lot of experience or not knowing what your options even are. If you haven’t known a nurse or spent a lot of time in a hospital, how will you know if you really want to be a nurse? Try to broaden your horizons and experiences with internships, talking to different professors in various departments, joining groups or activities, or taking a wide range of classes. This will help you gain more experience or knowledge that will then help inform you on what areas you may want to focus on.
What Are You Excited About?
When you’re going to different classes, talking to different people, and just in your day-to-day activities, try to pay attention to what piques your interest and what gets you excited. If you watch a documentary on a topic that you’re really interested in, if you hear something on the news that you want to learn more about, or if you find that you’re really enjoying going to a certain class, use that to help guide the choices that you make. When you’re interested in a topic enough it will be easier to stick with it and make it into a career.
What Are Your Strengths?
If you’ve always wanted to be an accountant but have a hard time with math, that may not be the best career route for you. But if you enjoy talking to people and helping them solve problems, you could consider psychology or social work. There are a variety of career tests and personality quizzes that will help identify your strengths and interests, or which overall industry may suit you. Similarly to asking yourself what you get excited about, understanding what you’re good at can provide a lot of insight into which career, and major, will fit your needs best.
How Much Schooling Are You Willing to Commit to? How Much Money?
Depending on your career goals, you may be committing six to eight years of your life to going to school. If you’re not willing to commit to that amount of time or money required for that amount of schooling, you may want to consider an alternative. For example, if you had your eyes set on being a doctor but don’t want to spend years and hundreds of thousands of dollars, you could consider being a surgical technician, who assists doctors in the operating room. This requires much less schooling and money. However, it’s important to keep in mind that in order to get your dream job, a certain amount of schooling is required. A landscape designer or architect often requires a master’s degree in order to get a job at a certain income level.
Try to Think Long-Term
When you’re a freshman in college, it can be hard thinking beyond the next four years. But when you can set goals for the future, you can start creating a strategy that will help get you there. When you get in the habit of thinking long-term, it becomes less about what major you select and more about what knowledge, skills, and experiences are necessary in order to achieve those goals. The classes you end up taking often fall into place and the major you need to focus on will be clearer.
When you enter the workforce, and when you get deeper into work life rather than school life, what major you selected becomes less and less important. It will be more about the life skills you have learned and what experiences you have gained in previous jobs.
Give Internships a Try
The more real-world experience you can get, the better. Not only will internships help you land a job after college, but it will give you a taste for what a real workplace is like, how people conduct themselves, and how to build professional relationships. Internships can also help you determine if you really are interested in pursuing that career.
It’s common for students to take a wide variety of classes and not declare a major until the end of their sophomore or junior year. Even then it’s not uncommon for students to switch majors. It’s important to remember that there is still plenty of time to figure out what you want to do and how you want to get there. You have your whole life ahead of you, and if there’s anything for certain it’s that things change, so focus on what you enjoy and what brings you happiness.
Enjoy Life at Kent’s Best Apartments
If you’re looking for affordable, quality off-campus housing during your college years at Kent State, schedule a tour of our apartments. Kent’s Best Apartments has three different locations that are all located right next to the university, including Hickory Mills, Summit Hill, and Whitehall Terrace. Our units feature updated kitchens, access to a 24/7 fitness center and a heated pool, most utilities are included in rent, and we’re pet-friendly! Get in touch with our staff today if you have any questions.