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SE advisor helps students on picking majors

By Tyler-Symone Mosley/ reporter

Some students often have a hard time finding the perfect major, a SE academic advisor said Oct. 1.

Brandi Nichols conducted the Choosing Your Major: The Path to Fit Perfectly seminar for students on SE Campus.

“Research shows that students are more likely to become successful if they choose a major that ties with their passion,” she said. “You should always consider skills needed. Interest and job market are factors to look at.”

At first, Nichols always thought she would major in something completely different until her heart told her otherwise. She said she had to go with something she was passionate about.

“You don’t want to wake up every day not being content with your job of choice,” she said.

Picking a major is extremely difficult because it needs to tie in with one’s everyday lifestyle.

“Am I ready for the workload?” she said students should ask themselves.

Speaking with academic advisors is highly recommended because they can guide students in the right direction, Nichols said.

“We are here to help you, but you have to put in the effort,” she said.

Advisors help ensure classes are transferrable and let students know if schools or programs require entrance exams. In addition, each major requires a different workload.

“Asking yourself, ‘Am I able to handle this?’ is always a must,” she said.

College students also deal with everyday life situations, so they need to make sure that everyday life won’t affect their schoolwork, Nichols said.

Students should also consider financial income when determining a major or school choice, Nichols said. They can apply for scholarships and financial aid and create a savings account. Majors also have additional funding available for students. Nichols suggested checking a university’s or community college’s financial services for scholarship deadlines.

If still confused about what direction to take when choosing a major, students should take time, Nichols said.

“Ask if you could do anything for the rest of your life, what would it be?” she said.

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