5 Important Factors in Choosing an Undergraduate DegreeNovember 27, 2019
Does your main interest decide what undergraduate degree to pursue? Do you have an eye for choosing the right one? Must your decision based on what you want to be? The answers to those questions won't be enough, as choosing a degree can determine your future.
It's important to note that there are successful people who didn't end up specialising on the undergraduate degree that they have studied hard for a few years. There are circumstances, where they must take a leap 0of faith. It doesn't mean that those who didn't do such a thing would be less successful later on. In fact, these students must be appluaded for their commitment and passion. In South Korea, nunchi is the ability to see a group of people as a whole, if you think that you can along with them or not. It's about changing circumstances within your control, which you can apply in the university. You're keen on making new friends, so you must check out the crowd when you attend a party. What does the practice of eye measure has to do with choosing an undergraduate degree? Let's answer that question by illustrating it.
You want to pursue a Literature degree after becoming a heavy reader for a year. You may not read all the works of Virginia Woolf, but you read all of Agatha Christie's works not only once, but twice. (And you didn't like Kenneth Branagh's next adaptation of Christie's novel.) You're not worried about your lack of knowledge on children's books that are written by Australian authors, as you could compare and contrast some Biblical tales and the Chronicles of Narnia, which is based from. It should win you lots of admirers, yet it doesn't guarantee a stress-free life in the university. There would come a time when you wonder if you choose the right degree, which might happen while listening to a literary discussion on London and Paris in popular culture. Don't think that it’s a blunder on your part.
The above illustration would show that choosing the right undergraduate degree is very important, as the coursework demands more than your fancy on a certain subject.
How to Choose an Undergraduate Degree
Attend a class in a relevant discipline. This factor would apply to arts and science, which is not difficult to arrange with your university of preference. You can do it during a campus visit, but there are other ways of doing it. A conversation with a tutor could help you decide on it, if not an exchange of emails (between you and the tutor). If you truly like this degree, you should have read lots of books and (online) articles about it, as well as topics related to it. You might feel good about it, but that knowledge wouldn’t be good enough. The coursework requires interaction, so you must see how a lecture goes. This is the best that a shy introvert could do, but you must get out of your shell.
Make an estimate of your earning potential. You could be a workaholic in the making, as you’re not thinking of deferring your entry to the university and satisfy your wanderlust. If you want to be the best that you can be, you should wonder if your chosen undergraduate degree would result to a handsome salary later on. Then again, money is not everything. If you agree with it, you won’t mind living with your parents. It doesn’t imply that you must not weigh your options one more time.
List down the subjects you love. You excel in geography tests, which don’t tell that you must pursue a Geography degree. It’s also the same with heavy reading and guessing the sum, difference, product or quotient in a second or two. Does a particular subject make you sleep late at night? Are you drawn to like-minded people? If the answer to both questions is in the affirmative, you must not think twice.
Explore your interests, and think about a dual degree. This factor should help you get over your indecisiveness, as you look back at what you’ve been doing to kill the time. If you can’t decide on one, you might consider a dual degree. It’s more challenging, which could leave you exhausted and probably obstinate. Fortune rewards the bold persistent, and diligent. Your interest wouldn’t be good, yet you’re unfazed about the obstacles. You might have come to a decision.
Talk to anyone you know and don’t know. This is another way of resolving your indecision on choosing this particular (undergraduate) degree, and you could benefit from your conversation with a higher figure. It doesn’t have to be a tutor, but someone who knows a great deal about a student’s well-being. It’s not all about studying, as fatigue, if not burnout, could make your enthusiasm take a nosedive.
Can You Change from One Undergraduate Degree to Another?
Your first year would introduce you to a variety of subjects, many of which have nothing to do with your chosen (undergraduate) degree. It would make you think about switching degrees, though. If it happens, it means it would take you more than three (or four) traditional years. And it’s not good from a financial standpoint. You must figure out your career options before you become serious about it. And talk to your parents about it.
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