July 27, 2011
Choose-your-major

Take Your Time, Get Help in Choosing a Major

So, you have selected your classes for the fall semester. English, math, reading, and maybe a general education requirement or two is on the docket. While you feel ready, the questions from others seem endless: What is your major? What are you working toward? What do you want to do with your life?

You may have these questions yourself, but one in particular sticks out: How can I get people to stop asking me these questions?

There are a couple of pieces of good news. One is that you don’t have to know right now what it is you want to study. When I declared my major, I got some great advice from a friend who said to study something I was interested in and enjoyed.

After dabbling in a couple of lower-division sociology classes that doubled as general education requirements, I was hooked. Still, I had folks asking me all the time what I planned to do with a sociology degree. There were times in college when I thought I would never use my degree once I graduated, but I have used it in every job I have ever held. Turns out the study of human social activity and society comes in handy when working with others.

The other piece of good news is that there are lots of people at Front Range who are available to help you figure out where your passions and interests lie.

  • You can take a career assessment to help you map out your educational plan.
  • Academic advisors are available to chat with you about what classes will help you get there.
  • The Educational Opportunity Center is a free resource that can assist with career assessment, financial aid, counseling, and more.
  • Be sure to check out College in Colorado, a great website where you can explore majors, careers, salary ranges, and read tips from people in the field.
  • Similarly, talking to people about what they do and why they do it may spark interest in something you are passionate about.

As for getting people to stop asking you those questions, I’ve got nothing.

About the author:

Colleen Toomey is an academic advisor at Front Range Community College. She can often be found exploring and getting lost in the Colorado outdoors and cheering for her hometown San Francisco Giants.

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