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How can I prepare for college

I am a Junior In high school and I come to realize that high school is will be over in a year and I don’t know what college or Major I want to do .

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Doctorate Student’s Answer

Taking that courageous step to chase your dreams is truly an admirable endeavor! Dive into what ignites your passion, and all else will seamlessly fall into place. To discover your hidden talents, think about starting your educational journey with General Education classes at a Community College. These classes are usually free, offering a fantastic opportunity to delve into subjects that truly spark your curiosity. Keep in mind, college or career counselors are always there to provide a helping hand. Their expert advice could be the golden ticket to uncovering your untapped skills. So, here's to a future that's bright and flourishing! May your exciting adventure be filled with boundless success and joy!
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Bea’s Answer

Hey Kaseem, here's some uplifting news - it's completely fine to start without knowing the exact major you want to focus on. This is a normal feeling during high school. If you're uncertain about which college to apply to, you can always begin your higher education journey at a local community college. These institutions offer an excellent starting point for discovering your true academic passions.

Another option worth exploring is trade or technical education if college doesn't seem like the right fit for you at the moment. Numerous career opportunities don't require college degrees but still involve advanced education and certifications.

You're at an ideal age and stage in high school to ask this question, so best of luck on your journey!
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Daniel’s Answer

Hi Kaseem!

First things first - that's ok. Most people do not know what they want to do the rest of their lives and it can be stressful to think about. I felt the same way a couple of years ago right before I graduated high school. My suggestion is to go to a community college to obtain your basics. This will help you have time to try some different jobs in completely different fields. Also, by going to a community college you will be saving money and giving yourself more time to decide on a career/job while making progress on your degree. Don't let people put pressure on you that you have to decide now on the rest of your work life. I had a teacher in high school tell me that I would be a failure if I did not know what degree/career I wanted by the time I graduated high school. Well, I did not by graduation but decided a year later on what I wanted to do and absolutely love it (operations)

I really think business is a great field to go into since it keeps your options wide open. That way you are not committing to one specific field and find out later that you hate it. Some fields in business include:

1. Operations
2. Finance
3. Sales
4. Marketing
5. Human Resources

I decided to go into Business Operations since operations touches almost every facet of the organization. I enjoy the different challenges and operations also gives me the flexibility to try new things. Another great aspect about operations is they usually support the other divisions of an organization. Since, there are many divisions of an company if you do not enjoy one area its not a big deal since you can support other areas of the business.

Many larger companies will start you in a rotational analyst program. By doing this you will get to see usually 2-4 different sections of the business. Companies offer this to not only help you hone in on your career path but many companies have realized that if there employees actually enjoy their job they will get better overall performance.

I would seriously consider going to a community college. Not only does this save you money but gives you more time to think about where you want to end up. Also, basics are basics and it does not make sense to pay for those type of classes at a university. My first year and a half I took basics at a community college and lived at home to save up money. I was also able to work a part time job and this gave me time to discover that I love business (specially operations) If I had not been given that time to think/keep looking I think I may have gone down the wrong career path.

I know this can be a stressful time in your life. Please know that you are not alone.
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Jennine’s Answer

It might be a good idea for you to start out your college experience at a community college. This will allow you an opportunity to more deeply explore the different areas of study that are open to you. It's very normal not to fully know what direction you want to go in at your age. You may also find that you change your mind several times along your journey. The more you come to know "you", the clearer your path will become.
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Sheila’s Answer

Hi Kaseem:

Deciding on what to major in can be overwhelming. You could start by finding out what you are good at and passionate about. Your passion will drive your motivation and keep you inspired. As for deciding on college, you could start by taking a few online courses that interests you. Try to select courses that lead to a certificate or certification. Best of luck to you!

Sheila
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