How to Explore College Majors and Impress Admission Officers
Having a clear idea what you want to major in and what you want to do with your degree after college can impress admissions officers just as much as the extracurricular activities listed on your high school resume. It also can help save you thousands of dollars in college costs, if you know your major from the start and don’t change it once you’ve started college.
With all the career options out there, how can you pick a college major and impress admissions officers at the same time? Consider these three ways to learn more about potential majors and build your high school resume.
Do a job shadow.
If you’ve done a job shadow, put it on your list of activities or weave it into your college application essay. By job shadowing someone in a career you’re interested in, you can see what the job is really like and decide if the career still interests you. This is becoming increasingly important for college admission into science-related academic programs.
Volunteer in a career area of interest.
Want to be a nurse? Volunteer at a hospital or nursing home. Want to be a teacher? Volunteer at a summer camp or after-school program for kids.
Volunteering in an activity related to your career interests can help you determine if the career—and the academic major you’re considering—is right for you. It also shows admissions officers you’ve done some research on careers and have tried to gain experience related to the field you want to study.
Attend a summer camp.
Pre-college summer camps or programs are usually focused on a specific academic area, which could end up being your college major. For example, you could attend an aerospace or robotics camp at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (FL) if you’re interested in engineering.
Going to a summer camp shows admissions officers you have a serious interest in a major and could help you get a jump-start on key skills for your college major. An added bonus: Attending a summer camp may help you decide if both the major and the school are a good match for you, especially if you get to stay in the dorms and explore the campus.
Ultimately, job shadowing, attending a summer camp or volunteering can help you figure out a few things you enjoy and even a few things you don’t like. It will help you make a more informed decision about your college major and the college that will be the best fit for your interests and career goals.