2. It depends. Getting a scholarship can be either very easy or very daunting, depending on the college, the scholarship criteria, and the current competition for the scholarship. Even if you meet or exceed the eligibility criteria, it is ultimately the college's or scholarship provider's decision to award the scholarship to you.
3. Yes, you can go to college for more than one major. This is often known as a double major, and many students take advantage of this opportunity to increase their career prospects after graduation.
4. Yes, you can usually change your major while in college. However, it is important to bear in mind that this will likely delay your graduation date, as different majors require different courses and credits to graduate. Additionally, many colleges and universities have rules and requirements in place for students who wish to change their major into a different department.
As far as majors are concerned, most people who go to college change their major 2 or 3 times. I actually went from Business, to Mass Communications, to History. Understand that college is a time of self-discovery. When you go through the courses, you will find what you enjoy and what may come easy to you. Keep and open mind, be flexible, and pursue what truly interests you. I know several people who decided to have double majors, a major and a minor degree. Having multiple majors or multiple areas of focus means more time and money that you will invest in school.
You can double major, although that will make balancing courses more challenging. And yes you can change majors, but you want to try and plan ahead so that you do not delay graduation due to not meeting your major requirements. Working with an academic advisor can help to navigate these things.
I would recommend applying to any scholarships from your school that are available to you! Many scholarships are based on merit, some based on residency, and many based on your personal life, including financial status, group membership, and major interest! Some only require you to apply with basic information, while some require replies to essay questions. The best way to gain scholarship money is to apply for any that you can. Another great way to earn money for school is to search for scholarships and grants that aren’t limited to your school. There are so many available to us that people aren’t aware of/don’t consider applying to. If you have school counselors or other resources available, they can help guide you to these. If not, searching your school’s website or even Google for opportunities is an amazing resource. Some schools even have faculty that work in scholarship departments that you can reach out to. Some are easier to get, such as merit, if you are applicable, or the simple application ones I mentioned above, yet some do require effort, such as those with essay questions or even volunteer work, but these tend to be more rewarding, with higher dollar amounts. I would recommend doing research on grants and scholarships that you are matched with. I’ve known students who receive scholarship money based on school club membership, religious affiliation, and even heritage. The reason I recommend applying to any that you can is because the wider your spread of application, the more likely you are to receive money for school.
Many schools offer double major, or majoring with a minor. If you are interested in more than one field of study, this is an amazing path to put yourself ahead of others in your field. Double majoring often requires double the work, but once achieved, I can be sure it is rewarding. Minoring in a similar aspect to your major is also a great path, with slightly less work than double major, yet considerably impressive. For example, majoring in kinesiology with a minor in biology, chemistry, or even nutrition would set me apart from other students with the same degree, both furthering me in job searches as well as increasing my knowledge in my field so that I am more prepared and knowledgeable, making me more desirable in my field. It is a huge time commitment and requires a lot of effort, but if you are determined and disciplined, the reward following achievement is incredible.
There are many opportunities to change your major, depending both on the institution and how the initial and desired major correlate. It is easier to change majors early on, following completion of general courses, but becomes more difficult as courses proceed to major-specific classes. For example, switching from biology to chemistry early on would be easier, yet may require a couple additional classes. However switching from less related majors, such as English to a science major may require more effort to graduate on time, or might require an additional year. Many institutions have different rules and requirements for this, so I would recommend doing research and reaching out to faculty to discuss these requirements. However, if you truly don’t enjoy your major and have the ultimate desire to follow a different path, it will be worth it to complete a degree you have more of a passion in, setting up your desired career following graduation rather than pushing through and finding no joy in your initial major and career choice.
Ultimately, there are so many resources for you to consider, and I would recommend establishing relationships with your school counselor, advisor, and any other faculty members, such as teachers in your courses, to both aid you in finding your answers, as well as creating relationships that will become beneficial throughout your time in school and following graduation. Some of my greatest relationships with teachers have resulted in amazing letters of recommendation, access to great jobs and internships, and the help that made the difference in succeeding in my major and courses rather than feeling alone and clueless.
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