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Getting the Ingredients for College: Finding Your Toppings

By: Kaelin Hughes/Content Editor

When making anything, for example, pizza, you want to figure out what your toppings will be. Do you like a lot of cheese?  Pepperoni?  Bacon? Sausage even?  What’s your favorite topping on your pizza?

Your toppings for your pizza can apply to you for your major in college, surprisingly.  It can either be extremely overwhelming, or extremely easy. It just depends on the person.  Here are my suggested steps for finding what you’d like to major in when you go to college.

First of all, consider what kind of worker/learner you are.  There are many different kinds of learning, such as auditory (learning through audio), visual (learning by using charts or diagrams), reading/writing (having to read or write the information given to retain it), or kinesthetic (performing physical tasks or activities to learn a topic). Knowing what kind of learner you are can help you understand what kind of job you’d like to have, which will tie back to your decided major.

Now, think about your interests. What do you like to do with your free time? Do you have any hobbies? What is your favorite subject? Such interests may be things you’d like to study after high school, but you aren’t required to go on an educational path for something you already like. Trying new things is always interesting, so maybe you’d like to take on a new subject! 

After you’ve identified an interest, start looking for colleges that have majors relating to that topic. That can help you narrow down a specific path for your studies. If you aren’t too eager to jump right into the world of college searching, it is totally okay!  It’s also always okay to see your guidance counselor, they are perfectly willing and capable of giving you advice and guiding you through your journey.

It is also very important to remember that the fears of college and the future should not take over and prevent you from enjoying your years in high school.  Have fun, be a kid!

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