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How To Choose A Major: A Student's Perspective

December 08, 2015

Picking a major can seem daunting and complicated for many incoming college freshman. The important thing to remember is to relax. The best advice I was given, in regards to my major, was to pick something that interests me; something that wasn’t going to bore me a year from now.

Although picking a major seems to be such a big, important task the reality is that over 60% of people end up getting jobs that have nothing to do with their chosen college major. So by picking something that interests you, you can have an enjoyable four year experience learning and mastering your chosen field, without having to be bogged down by your choice forever.

Fortunately, the University of North Florida has many programs and advisors ready to assist students in regards to their major. On campus, students have assigned personal facility advisors that they can meet with any time they wish. UNF also has a Career Service Center, here students can make appointments to discuss career options and major choices with advisors or even people in students’ desired profession. With all of these readily available resources picking a major was incredibly easy for me. Although I might change my choice or focus a year from now or even a month from now I know that UNF has a variety of people and service centers available to assist me.

Currently I am a political science major. Politics and the role of government are things that have always interested me so choosing political science was somewhat of an easy choice. As of now, my intention is to go to law school. Law students can have a degree in anything, but one of the highest percentage of students in law school have undergraduate political science degree.

Being a political science major allows me to intern at government offices, assist in election campaigns and opens many doors within legislative and law offices. UNF has a highly popular Pre-law students, this club allows students to talk to attorneys and allows students to apply for competitive internships.