How to Choose the Right Course in College
Choosing your course may be a daunting task. Here are a few tips to help narrow down your choices and find the course that just might be the best one for you.
- Consider your preference.
What subjects do you like? What are you passionate about? You shouldn't just choose one that can lead you to a high-paying job if the subjects aren't what you are interested in. You have to think about the things you like genuinely and choose your course based on those. Don't think too much about what it might be like after college; just think that while you are there, you aren't forcing yourself too much. It also helps to determine what your personality is like and what kind of environment you prefer to place yourself in. This way, you can narrow down universities and some categories for your course-hunting, according to what you're comfortable with.
- Look for similar courses.
Let's say you would like to take Business Administration. Research and you'll find that there are several related courses to it. There are universities that offer subjects in technology to go along with business so that you can learn how to develop websites and systems for your business. There are others that offer business administration tied up with arts. You see, you can still hone some other skill or talent by choosing a course that can target two of your interests at once. Or maybe you want to explore another and happen to find a course that includes both your first choice and the choice that you are considering. You might even stumble upon a course you never knew you would like until you read about it!
- Ask for suggestions.
Sure, you shouldn't let anyone influence your choice too much. But in some instances, you can ask for help from family, friends, or even a close teacher. They know you and could know things about you that you aren't even aware of. Explain to them what you have considered, and ask if they have any suggestions for a particular course or field. Maybe all this time it seems like you're meant to become a chemist, but you've ignored the possibility. Maybe you fit better in Fine Arts than Mass Communication. You don't have to strictly follow them, but it gives you a better understanding of what can fit you best.
- List down alternative choices.
List all of them down. Those courses you considered a lifetime ago? Write them down. That one that seems interesting but you're still unsure of? Write that one down. You still have the chance to switch courses in most universities, so that list will be your backup plan. If it doesn't work out for the course you first picked, pick another one from the list and try it out. Who knows, maybe your fourth choice is really the one for you. Don't give up just because you're not doing well with your first choice—you have more than a dozen plans, all ready to be picked from.
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