4 Steps To Choosing Your Field Of Study

Figuring out what you are going to study for four years can be challenging. And even when you find something you like, there is still the possibility that you will change your mind once you begin your course work or find your choice of study to be a more stressful endeavor than you can cope with. So what are you to do? Well first of all don’t fret!

Here are some tips to help you make the right choice for choosing a field of study!

Study What You Want To Study

You need to study something that is going to make you happy. We all go into school feeling others have certain expectations of us, whether they are realistic or not. Your parents can tell you a thousands times over that they just want you to be happy, but you’ll probably still feel as if you need to make sure you live up to some level of expectation that’s already been pre-set. The fact is, however, that you need to find out what you want to do.

There is no use in starting down a path that’s going to make you miserable. That does not mean, however, that you should start down the path that promises you the easiest life or the most money either. Your goal should be to find real fulfillment in what you study, and sometimes that means taking the path which seems to promise little without a good deal of extra work. At the end of the day you’ll be happier doing something you enjoy, no matter how much you had to go through to get there.

Tread The Waters First

If at first you feel you are still too unsure of what to study to make a decision and dedicate yourself to it 100%, consider going in undecided. Using your early electives to check out some different academic fields and getting your general education requirements out of the way is a great way to start your education and get yourself adjusted to the collegiate lifestyle.

That being said, don’t just look for classes that can guarantee you an easy A. You might find yourself enjoying a class that offers you a challenge and covers some interesting subject material. Do your best to stick with those challenges. Unless you’re completely failing a class and can drop it with little impact on your academic career, push yourself to see things through. You’ll likely find out what you want to study and benefit from knowing that you have the gumption to set your mind to any task.

Enjoy Yourself

School isn’t always fun, and I spent most of my homework time wondering how of it much I could get away with not doing (which was a lot!). But when it came to my favorite classes, lectures and essays were just about the best thing there is. Originally, I started out on an engineering track but switched over to liberal arts, primarily due to my distaste for math. When studying something I enjoyed very little, it was hard doing the tedious work. But after finding a field that I truly enjoyed, and having a goal that actually wanted to achieve, it wasn’t so bad having to put in the time to get the passing grade.

Consider A Minor Degree

If your school or university offers courses in some random field of study like Scandinavian History or Politics in the 1960s that happens to really peak your interest, consider taking those courses to get a minor. Most colleges offer free credits after a certain amount is acquired, so you can probably get away with getting a minor in a completely unrelated field for free. Halfway through my junior year I decided I had sat on the sidelines watching theater long enough and I wanted to learn about it. With no practical reason I started taking the classes needed to get a Theater minor, and some of my favorite classes were on that track. I felt almost no pressure in those classes since they were not directly helping me graduate, and it was simply something I wanted to do.

Other avenues I had considered were Child Psychology and Economics. With Child Psychology, a few of the courses also fulfilled my requirements to graduate, so I got to learn a little bit about a subject that interested me while gaining credits towards my degree. Overall, the courses I took simply for the challenge were some of the most enjoyable I ever had.

So don’t sweat the small stuff and just have some fun with your education. Follow your fancies when picking a major, and find something that stimulates you. While you are at it, don’t forget to learn as much other stuff as you can!