Choosing your online college major can be an exciting process. Let’s explore by looking at your inner self by asking some right questions.
Ideally, you should select your college major before choosing your online college. Or have an idea of which field your major would be. However, you don’t have to. You can decide a year or two into college after some self-discovery and experimentation.
Before reading on, frame into your mind this question: “What is the right major for me?” Establish that it is not just about picking a major. It is about selecting what would be meaningful, purposeful, and rewarding for you. Think long term, way into post-graduation, employment, and life in the real world.
Here are five questions to help you out:
What Am I Interested In?
Choosing a major you are totally into may mean you will not work a day in your life. Remember this, though. Your interest may change over time.
You might discover other new interests along the way. Think about the reward too.
What Am I Passionate About?
Passions are like interests, but way more deeply connected to you. They are a lifelong desire for something.
Many older people still question what their passions are. There is a great chance you may discover it later on too. For now, feel for things that keep your attention and engagement over a long period. Eliminate things that bore you quickly.
What Are My Core Values?
Your beliefs and values tend to shape the person you are. These are your guiding principles in life. Choosing a major based on core values will be emotionally fulfilling and rewarding.
But it would be best if you also answered the next question.
What Are My Abilities?
Areas you already have skills in can give you a head start choosing a major that is right for you. However, it would help if you were always on the lookout for other skills you could develop.
Colleges and universities are places to discover, learn, and master various skills and knowledge, so keep looking.
What Are My Goals?
Take some time to pen down your long-term academic, career, and financial goals. You want to outline all things more important to you. Examples are earning potential, fulfilling childhood dreams, job stability, differences you can make to people’s lives, and post-graduate education.
You can foresee your ideal career with goal setting.
Always remember that there is no need to rush on deciding your major. It’s more important to choose the right fit for you than something popular and trending.