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How do you choose your majors and the college you want to attend?

I am a High School Sophomore and my Career Management teacher has us selecting what college we want to attend with our majors. I say that it is best to map out your plan for your major, try to narrow down the colleges, read some reviews, ask people that you know attend(ed) the college, and see what you can get rid of for your colleges.

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Taylor there's no easy answer to the question, "What college should I go to?" Everyone's aspirations are unique. There's a good chance you'll find several schools that check off every box. Consider what factors are most important to you. Keep an open mind, explore all opportunities, and send in several applications to keep your options open.

FOUR-YEAR COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
A four-year college focuses mostly on undergraduate studies and offers a collection of degrees in one specific area, such as business or medicine. A four-year university is generally bigger in size than a college and normally includes undergraduate, professional and graduate degree programs. Both colleges and universities grant bachelor's degrees.

COMMUNITY AND JUNIOR COLLEGES
Community and junior colleges offer a wide variety of two-year associate degree programs. They're typically less expensive than four-year schools and often have less stringent admissions criteria. Community and junior colleges are a good choice for students who don't wish to commit to a four-year program or those who only need to take a few classes to qualify for a profession or improve their transcript. Upon completion of a community or junior college, a student can enter the workforce right away or transfer to a four-year school to obtain a bachelor's degree.

VOCATIONAL AND TECHNICAL
TRAINING SCHOOLS
Vocational and technical training schools are privately owned and operated schools that focus on teaching the skills required to get a job in a specific field. The duration of a vocational or technical school program can range anywhere from five months to three years, depending on the field of study. Some of the most common fields of study are computer technology, cosmetology, medical assistance, office administration and mechanical repair.

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Michelle’s Answer

Hello, Taylor !

I think you have the right idea. Since it seems like it is an assignment for you to pick a major and college now, definitely complete the assignment, but know that it's not written in stone. There are some things to consider when choosing a major or college and it's not a choice to make in haste, rather something to explore based on your personal plans and specific needs.

Although you can hand in an assignment with something for your teacher, that will fulfill the assignment. This is an ideal time for you to explore, however, various colleges and ultimately come to a long thought out decision. First, consider if you want to go to a college nearby where you live or if you want to move to a different city or state for school. That would be the foundation for choosing colleges. Knowing where you will go. You can than, if local, call some of the colleges and register for their orientation to become familiar with their campus and ask questions during the tour. Read the various schools' websites, too, in order to become familiar with which school offers what majors and degrees. Keep a notebook and make a comparison among the various schools. They may all offer something in your major or maybe only some of them have a program that you're interested in.

If you haven't decided on a major, you're in 10th grade, that is not unusual. Figure out the type of person you are and what your interests and talents are. Think of things that you love to do and relate it to a career or something to major in while attending college. Another thing that you can do is write a list of things/jobs that you absolutely know you would not want to spend your life doing. This would be a way of reaffirming your interests and thinking about the qualities of those jobs that you would not want to do. Nothing is ever going to be 100% perfect, but only you know your likes and dislikes and it's important to make goals that you can achieve.

I wish you all the best with your assignment as well as your independent discovery of a good major and college !
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Charlene’s Answer

Hi. I feel you should choose your major based on your interest or your passion, and your college choice should support your interest. Meaning your college should rank the best in that area or have that major offered. I hope this helps.
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Vasanth’s Answer

Here's an uplifting way to say it: Let your passions guide you. Concentrate on the topics that spark your interest. Envision your future, and identify the subjects that will propel you towards your dreams. Stay focused and remember, every step you take in these subjects is a step closer to achieving your goals.
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Mack’s Answer

Hello Taylor,

You are wise to begin considering colleges as a sophomore. And, in North Carolina you have a large number of excellent schools to choose from without even going out of state. Yes, as Vasanth says, identify the topics that spark your interests -- if, for example, you enjoy science, math, problem solving, and data consider NC State and engineering. If you prefer writing, journalism, history, politics then consider a major in those subjects at UNC. If you enjoy working with young people and sharing your knowledge, you may prefer a degree in education; East Carolina has a strong history of education majors. Of course, two other primarily liberal arts schools that are private include Duke and Wake Forest.

You seem to have the right start; keep looking at what excites you and definitely talk with folks who have attended any college you may be considering.
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Olayinka’s Answer

Hello Taylor for this question!

You need to first answer this question - What you like to do and have a passion for. Are you better in sciences, social or management sciences or art classes?

After deciding what you prefer, here are some advice you can follow next.

1. You can go online and search for schools that offer the major you want to study. Get familiarized with their website and courses. You can search for their rankings, faculty, available majors, resources, and campus environment.

2. Consider the Location and Campus Environment including campus size, cultural diversity, extracurricular activities, and the overall environment that best suits your preferences.

3. Evaluate the cost of attending different colleges and the availability of financial aid, scholarships, and grants.

4. You can also visit the Campuses if it is close to you or attend Info sessions online.

Let me know if this helps you!

Thank you!
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