Selecting a major at college is not that easy, but it is not too difficult either. Some students seem to have already determined what they are going to study at college since they’re in their higher secondary school. However, some still cannot decide what to study even after they graduate from high school. For this reason, some of them enjoy their university life because they’re studying what they like, but some end up having a less enjoyable university life because they’re studying what they’re not really passionate about. In this article, we’re going to share some tips to choosing a major at university based on our own experience as well as observation.

  1. Determine your interest 

This can answer to these questions: what do you like doing? what are you good at when you’re a student? Actually, people could have more than one interest. One tip is listing them all down and arrange them in most to least favorite order. Then, select up to 3 best interests. For instance, for me, I like teaching and I think I’m quite good at English

     2. What is your future goal? 

In other word, what do you want to do in the future? You want to be a business person, a manager or sth esle? The answer might or might not be changed because when you involve more with society, you tend to discover more clearly about yourself. For instance, some kids used to think they wanted to be a doctor in the future because their father was a doctor or sb they liked was a doctor.

However, when they grow up and have exposed themselves more to different environments, they realize their potentials and what their true passion is. Then, they might start to change what they wanted to do before.

In that case, how could we set a goal then? Well, our advice is if you already know your goal, stick to it. However, if you do not have one yet, try to explore more about yourself by attending social events, meeting new people or joining workshop or seminar that is helpful for you to set your goal. I think it’s okay to have more than one goal, and it’s also alright if the set goal gets changed some time in life. This happens to everyone. In short, be goal-orientated and flexible.

3Conducting a research about majors 

After determining your interests and goals, the next step is finding a major that mostly suits them. You can research in course outline or curriculum on universities’websites. They normally post such information in their academic program tab. You may go through each major they offer or check in relevant faculties.

By the way, sometimes you can also consult with your seniors like your teachers, mentors or friends; they could be your source of information as well.

To me, as I mentioned earlier that I like teaching and I think I’m pretty good at English When I was at school. What’s more, in the future, I think I want to be a Teacher Trainer. Therefore, the major I think suits me  best is TESOL( Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Before deciding, I sought a lot of  advice from my English teachers, and I also did some research.

   4. Choosing a university 

Of course, choosing a major and university is quite challenging, especially when you have no one to give you guidance. The first way is asking for recommendation from people who can be your friends’family who is studying or studied at particular universities, your family, relatives , seniors or anyone who has been to universities. Another way is doing a research on the internet. Go to universities’ websites. Finding out about the universities by reading their information  such as  courses they offer,  their curriculum etc. Then, select up to top 5 universities. If possible, again ask for recommendation from the people mentioned above. They can be helpful for your decision making process.

In summary, finding out about our interests and goals are really useful for us to discover suitable majors. Then, studying about majors and universities really helps us know which is the right major and university we should choose.

By doing so, it’s like we have planned our life. Well, sometimes things might not go as planned. However, when we have a plan, we’ll be better-prepared and more flexible for future uncertainty. This increases our chances of success in life.

Additionally, planning is better than not planning because at least, we might not end up having a boring academic life at the university or having a life like the floating boat in the middle of the ocean -not knowing about your destination- and feeling down in the future.

Anyway, I believe that there are different tips you guys can get from other people or you might have different points of views. This is just personal sharing based on my own experiences πŸ™‚ . Hopefully you find this helpful. πŸ™‚ Share your thoughts about this and you’re appreciated πŸ™‚

Written by Free Education Cambodia