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Identify Your Skills and Interests

With all the choices that are out there, it can be difficult to choose a college, let alone a major. Use these simple tips to help identify your skills and interests and guide you in your college search.

  1. Ask yourself the right questions.What are you good at? How do you like to spend your free time? What makes you happy?

  2. Take classes. Not sure if you are into psychology or whether you are cut out to be an artist? Take a class and find out!

  3. Sign up for a camp. Whether it's focused on academics or not, camps can provide a great opportunity to explore something you are already interested in or uncover a new interest.

  4. Shadow someone. Short of doing a job yourself, the best way to learn whether a job is a good fit for you is to watch someone else do it. If you like what you see, find out more about it!

  5. Talk to friends and family. Ask them to tell you about what they do for a living and the steps they took in order to undertake that career. They may open your eyes to a new career and/or an unique educational path to get there.

  6. Talk to your teachers and guidance counselors. Having worked with you in an academic setting, these people can provide you with helpful insights about your academic skills and interests and, in the process, help you narrow your college search.

  7. Go online. Don't know a marine biologist or a paleontologist but think you may want to be one? Search the internet to find out what kinds of classes you need to take to do that job and which schools offer those classes. See if people who do the kind of work you're interested in have a Facebook page or a Twitter profile. You never know what kind of helpful information you might find!
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