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The most important piece of advice in this article follows this sentence, so please make note of it and repeat it to yourself as often as you need as you read this article and make decisions regarding choosing a major in college. Are you ready for it? The advice: Don't panic.  I know it's easier said than done, but I can't tell you how many students I have advised since the time that I have been a professor that seem in a state of panic if they are uncertain of their major, let alone a career.

Choosing a major, thinking about a career, getting an education -– these are the things college is all about. Yes, there are some students who arrive on campus and know exactly their major and career ambitions, but the majority of students do not, thus there is no need to rush into a decision about your major as soon as you step on campus.  And guess what? A majority of students in all colleges and universities change their major at least once in their college careers; and many change their major several times over the course of their college career. 

It is a journey, so make sure you spend some time thinking about it before making a decision. And don't be discouraged if you still don't have a major the first time you take this journey…your goal should be narrowing your focus from all possible majors to a few areas that you can then explore in greater depth.  Please also keep in mind that many schools have double majors, some triple majors, and most minors as well as majors.  Take advantage of: your college's course catalog -– you'll be amazed at the wealth of information you can find here…from required courses to specialized majors and tracks. 

Your professors, including your academic adviser -– talk with your professors, whether you have taken a class with them or not…many of them have worked in the field in which they teach and all are experts about careers and career opportunities. 

Your classmates, especially upperclassmen -– these are the folk who are deep into their major, perhaps already having had an internship or gone through job interviews…use them as a resource to gather more information.  Your college's alumni -– unless your college was just founded, your school probably has a deep and varied group of alums, many of whom like to talk with current students…so use them as a resource to gather more information about careers.  Your family and friends -– there's a wealth of information right at your fingertips. Next time you go home or call home, ask your family about majors and careers. 

Your college's career center -–almost always under-appreciated, these folk have such a wealth of information at their fingertips that it is a shame more students don't take advantage of them…and not just in your senior year –- start visiting in your first year because most have resources for choosing a major and a career, as well as internship and job placement information. Read more about this option by reading our article

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