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You're on Track for a Successful Future!

Congratulations! As a high school graduate or non-traditional student moving on to college, you're on track for a successful future. For many incoming freshmen the question of "What is your major?" comes up frequently in conversations with family, friends, and teachers. The largest group of freshmen entering universities are deciding on their major, so...you have lots of company. At this point, it is perfectly normal for you to be unclear on your major or career path.

However, don't let all the possible degrees and careers intimidate you. Deciding the best major includes identifying options, evaluating your skills and attributes, and prioritizing your interests. Doing these things can help you identify the right major for you.

Keep in mind that declaring a major is critical eventually, but not imperative your freshman year. On most college campuses, you will need to declare a major once you complete your sophomore year or just at the start of your junior year.

Now that you know you have a few semesters for exploration and introspection, start gathering information and taking a close look at your strengths and what you like. Your degree and career path can be developed by exploring career resources, taking advantage of university student support services, completing individual interest surveys, and talking with others. Career resource books, magazines, and websites are also helpful. When you take organized, well-thought-out action you'll put yourself in a position to make the best decision about your major.

Networking is also an excellent way to explore what you might like to pursue as a career. Often the most inspiring advice comes from listening to the personal experiences of others who are pursuing a career that interest you.  Professors, local employers, friends, and others can all prove to be very valuable in helping you reflect on and identify your interests.

Become familiar with your college campus and visit student support services offices to find out how they can assist you. Your career services office has counselors who can talk with you specifically about your interests and make recommendations on actions that you can take to assist you in determining a major.

As you undertake this self-discoivery process, ask plenty of questions and keep track of what you have learned. Your notes will help as you decide on a major and perhaps discover interests and knowledge about yourself that you may not have expected.

Good luck and enjoy the journey.