5 Tips for Choosing a Major

Open your eyes and see where your degree can take you. Whether you are choosing a major or questioning your current choice, it’s worth doing a little investigating.

By Isabel Miller

  1. 1. Choose You

    Let’s face it, with each minute spent in college comes a significant financial cost. The price tag of college makes finding the best fit major even more important. A quick search on google can show you the highest paying jobs corresponding to every college major. Math and science are usually the highest paying areas of study, though these fields are not for everyone. Someone spectacular at art, but awful at science, would not make enormous amounts of money in a science-based career due to the fact they might struggle through school and not enjoy their college experience.

    2. Embrace the Unknown 

    In college, students strive to find themselves. They become responsible for their actions and learn how to be independent individuals. Maybe it was always your parents’ plan for you to be a business major and work in the corporate world. If you hate finance and business casual clothes, business probably isn’t for you. College is about trying new things and being yourself. Define yourself and become the person you want to be. Put yourself out there and get uncomfortable. Take classes that pique your interest. Find yourself in the things that you love. Embrace your passions and turn them into a career.

    3. Do Your Homework

     Research, plan, study and stick to it. Take the time to determine what major will be the best fit for you. Don’t rush to declare a major. If you decide to change it later on, you risk prolonging your graduation date. Once you decide on a major, consider developing a “4-year plan” consisting of classes you will need to take. Once you are all organized and have a clear layout of what lies ahead, all you’ll have to do is execute!

    4. Never Settle 

    Even after you’ve picked your major, there will be more you can do to make the most out of your experience. Today, having one major or one minor isn’t enough. Employers look for unique individuals who made the most out of their college experience. Challenge yourself in college by picking up a second major, or minor, joining and actively participating in a club, and obtaining multiple internships.

    5. Ignore All of This and Become an Engineer 

    According to Iowa State’s post-graduation statistics for 2014-2015, engineering had the highest percentage of graduates with a professional job within six months of graduation. Engineers are in high demand. Iowa State is an institution known for science and technology. A degree in engineering may not be a bad idea if you want a guaranteed job after graduation.