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College majors become games on SE Campus

By Shameaka Jones/reporter

Playing the “majors game” – and the possible consequences of a wrong move – was explained to SE Campus students Sept. 13.

Brandi Nichols, SE academic advisor, detailed key factors students should consider when choosing a major.

Nichols posed questions in an informal way and encouraged audience participation. She said students should choose a major based on their individual skills, interests and passions.

“The workload is pretty much the same for all majors,” she said, “so choose a major that complements your natural abilities.”

She also gave a few pointers, such as:

Find a mentor who can give advice and help with entry into the chosen field.

Do research and investigate the success of others.

Get experience in the environment, work as a volunteer or intern.

Check job growth and job placement statistics.

Nichols then asked the students which factor they would consider the most important in deciding on a major.

“Today, a lot of people are getting jobs to provide for a family instead of based on strengths,” Albert Smith said. “A person should go with strengths when choosing a major.”

Nichols agreed and said that students should take advantage of their own experiences.

“Know what to invest in and why to invest in it,” she said. “What would you rather have, a great job or a great college experience?”

Nichols said students should maximize their time and build confidence by starting out slowly, getting familiar with the campus and considering online coursework.

“Ideally, students should schedule school around their work schedule,” she said. “If you work full time, then school should be part time, and if you attend school full time, then work should be part time. No one will look at how long it took, but how well you did.

“It is never too late to pursue your passions.”

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