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Mireille Garcia Serrato

Choosing a Major

Posted by Mireille Garcia Serrato

Choosing a major is a challenging decision that many college students encounter throughout their college career. Some students come into their freshman year knowing what they want to major in. Other students are still unsure of what they want to study during their time in college. If you are entering your first year of college knowing that the major you entered with is not something you are passionate about, you are not alone. Many students change their major several times until they are able to find a major that they enjoy learning about.

There are many ways in which students can obtain information on choosing the major that fits them the best:

  • Go to an advising center on campus where counselors are available to discuss your career interests with you.
  • Intern to experience the potential career pathways that a major can lead you to.
  • Attend career fairs at your campus to become informed on what jobs certain majors have to offer after college.

Most importantly, you must know that the decision is yours to make. You will know when a major is right for you, simply because you will enjoy learning more and more about it.


Research Before You Apply!

Posted by Annette

The fall season is an important time for college planning. The California State University is now accepting applications for fall 2016 until November 30. If you are interested in applying, visit CSU Mentor to select the term you are applying for and fill out an application for any of the 23 campuses.

It is important to research what majors each campus offers, and campus websites and counselors are great resources to learn more about each school. Before I applied, I wanted to be sure that the campuses I was interested in offered my desired major, Communication Studies. I searched the degree programs at individual campuses and found which of the 23 campuses was the best fit for my academic path. Ultimately, I decided that CSU Long Beach, CSU Fullerton and CSU Northridge were my top three choices.

The application fee is $55.00 per campus, but in the case of financial hardships, there is a fee waiver application for California residents. I would recommend submitting your applications as soon as possible to hear back from campuses earlier.



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