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How hard will it be in college for a psychology major? #college-majors


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Rebecca’s Answer

It depends on the school; a psychology major may require some math/statistics and some light science, but if you can follow a textbook and you read carefully, you should be fine (if you are asking for yourself). At a large university, don't be surprised if a lot of classes are in big lecture halls, and your professor tests your work through multiple choice exams, at least in the lower-level and required courses. Despite the subject matter, psychology majors may find it difficult to connect with the professor given the size of the classes (it is a popular major). To become a full-fledged clinical psychologist, you'll need a Ph.D. or Psy. D., which sets you up for private practice, but it means you have a long road ahead. Fortunately, psychology degrees are flexible, and you can take your skills in problem-solving and your insight into behavior in many different directions, from marketing to social work (with an M.S.W.) or teaching--with a masters in education or teacher certification through your state. A master's degree in psychology may be useful in some markets, but generally, it would not enable you to engage in one-on-one therapy if you wished to set yourself up as a psychologist and accept medical insurance.

Rebecca recommends the following next steps:

Research the major requirements at the school(s) you are applying to, or the school where you intend to enroll.

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Cynthia’s Answer

Starting the college process can be overwhelming. It is important to have good time management skills and apply this to everything you do.
From going to class, to doing your homework and visiting the tutoring center are just a few. If you are planning on studying Psychology, there are many factors to consider, where you want to go to school. A lot of students will start at a Community College and then transfer to a four year school. You may want to know what kinds of jobs you can get with a psychology degree. You can check some websites that are specific to the field and see what may be of interest to you.

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Simeon’s Answer

You will have a diversity of subject materials to cover from sciences to more relational skills, but I wouldn't worry about its hardness relative to other majors. The difficulty will come if you intend to get your masters and PhD in psychology and seek to pursue becoming a licensed psychologist. That is a long education path, but a fulfilling one from what I've been told.

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Russell’s Answer

While I cannot speak on being a psychology major (I study Public Policy, so completely unrelated) I can talk about my experiences as a College Freshman involved in a lot of activities. In addition to your obstacles in psychology, you will be faced with fully identifying your passions and your interests pertaining to your career and as you as a person. You mental health will also take a hit as your workload piles so try to find ways to take care of yourself! Remember that you are human and that it's okay to have mistakes and imperfections! :D

Could you give some more details on how you balance school, social life, and mental health? Gurpreet Lally

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