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Picking a major depicts your future career goals. In order to succeed in the major and pursuing a career, there are guidelines you need to follow and classes you need to take to complete the major successfully. In order to also complete the classes in a successful manner, it is an option to go see a counselor—they are very helpful. They help you choose the appropriate classes and they will also help you avoid taking the wrong classes. Your major is what helps you find what you love to do. You may think that you have a passion for a certain major, but taking classes in college helps you find what is suitable for you. College is a place to find yourself and what major is right for you. It’s about discovering where your major and career will lead you in life.
Middle schoolers, I know college probably seems a million miles away, but believe me, time flies! The sooner you start thinking about college and what you’re interested in, the easier your choices and big decisions will be later on. High schoolers, not to scare you, but your time is now!
Classes—make sure you are taking the right classes that will make you eligible for college, such as the A-G requirements of the CSU and UC. Take as many college preparatory (AP and Honors level) courses offered at your school to remain competitive. Counselors and college advisors are an excellent resource to assist you with academic planning, so use them!
Tests—take advantage of any tutorials or workshops for the SAT and ACT. If your school offers the PSAT, take it, as it is very good practice. By the end of your 11th grade summer, you should have taken both standardized tests. That way, depending on your results, you can take them again early in your senior year.
Extracurricular Activities—get involved! Most colleges and universities don’t just look at academics but what you’re involved in during high school. Things like community service, sports, clubs, organizations or church.
First of all come to college with an open mind. This is a time in your life when you will be exposed to all sorts of new things. Take time to absorb them. You shouldn’t waste time, because after all college is expensive but I recommend taking classes that interest you. And when you find something you love, run with it. You’ll be happier if you do. Just take your time and don’t feel pressured to know exactly what you want to do both in college and after. After all, we’re young and we have the rest of our lives to figure that out.