Deconstructing Myths about Choosing an Undergraduate MajorNovember 16, 2018
You might be looking forward to that day when a university won't offer any degrees. It's located in Brissy, if not far from dear old Sydney. You have nothing against New South Wales, having lived there all your life. You haven't been to Melbs, though. You wonder if Victoria's capital is the best place to study. If you haven't heard about a degree course called Enigmatology, then you may be the first. You're still thinking of a degree (or not having one). Let's have a closer look.
The day would come when a university decides to tear down the four walls that confine students. Some could argue that many graduates find jobs that are far from what they are supposed to prepare them for life. It doesn't suggest that choosing a field of study is done in a whim (or the snap of the fingers). There's nothing wrong about a structured program, which should give aspiring (university) students a general idea on what to study during the next few years. It's up to them to pursue this field (after graduation) or look at other options. Let's go further.
Disciplines, which includes history and medicine, need certain rules, where students must follow. Doing otherwise could lead to confusion, yet it may be different in the School of Arts. Students must think outside of the box, which enables them to come up with creative ideas to spice up their essay papers. It hardly changes if one doesn't have to abide by the rules. Why choose a major? There are a set of guidelines to follow, and you would get to know some of it.
A Few Myths About Choosing (or Not Choosing) an University Major
It's all about money, so you go for the most popular degrees. Dead authors won't tell you that graduates from the School of Arts are more successful than their counterparts from other departments. It doesn't mean that they followed their passion, which could be the same thing for athletes who have made their names in the sport. These popular degrees are the established fields, and there are institutions that have all the resources and right people to guide the students on that path to greatness. It may be a different thing for the School of Arts, which wouldn't be too different from the School of Mathematics (or Geography for that matter). Students must think outside of the box, as creativity doesn't play by the rules. In this regard, the top universities have received more application forms from admissions) because these institutions didn't end up in the top for other reasons than the constant craving (for success).
You must choose a major after going through a thorough process. Some have a change of mind (or heart) and switch degrees during their second year. It won't be a bad move if there's lots of money (or the folks would be supportive of changing degree courses). The same thing couldn't be said of a student who has a scholarship to rely on. The same argument applies to the location of the university. (Why choose a university in Brissy? Dear old Sydney is arguably the best.) The rule of thumb here is to look at the program and make comparisons. There’s no such thing as choosing a degree early. (There no such thing as no such thing as well.) It would be wise to talk about it. A guidance counselor could give you valuable insights, if not a lead, if you’re open to anything. It’s not a bad one (if you think long and hard about it), also get some pointers if someone had to make success from it.
You need a major degree. It’s silly to compare a degree program to the parched landscape surrounding Uluru (or the desert as a whole), but it should be spot on. Elder figures might suggest deferring your admittance, giving you a year. If you haven’t figured out that arts would be your true calling, then you may have noticed Uluru’s otherworldly features. (or the studying coastal areas). There could be a realisation on the road, which is not upcoming among (university) students, yet it’s not far from silly. What side are you on?
Take Your Time
There are reasons why certain university students excel in traditional (degree) courses while other must keep a quota. If you haven’t decided on a particular degree, then talk to the people who matter to you the most. There’s nothing wrong about taking your time (and asking for funds from Dad.) Make sure that you got all your bases covered, such that no one would post a damning evidence of your hard partying under the full moon (on social media). And you still haven’t figured it out. You could get away from it, but you would rue about the lost time and opportunities. There should be a repeat during your time the university, but you have learned from the hard lessons. Don’t make it too costly to your parents.
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