What to Expect When Starting Out in College

By Sydney Earhart, student at Arapahoe Community College- Littleton
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Choosing a college to go to when you are out of high school isn't the only important decision to make when planning for college. Choosing a major is also an important thing to consider. If you are still trying to figure out what you are going to study, don't worry. 

Here are a few suggestions to get the ball rolling:

* You can always go see an advisor.

Colleges offer advisors to help you make decisions on what courses will steer you in the right direction depending on your interests or what you would be good at. If you are still in high school and are not sure of what you want to do when you graduate, you always have the option to see a high school counselor. If you are starting college and need to figure out what courses to sign up for, an advisor is a great option.

You can start with general courses.  

The best thing to do when you are not sure is to start off with general courses. As a current college student myself, I have changed my mind a few times as to what I would like to study. Starting with general courses has helped me greatly, and many of them transfer to most majors.

You can add electives of your choice.

If you start college and have a general idea of what you would like to study, but you are not sure of exactly what you want your degree in, you can always start with elective course that pertain to your area of interest to see if it is right for you. If you take the elective and find it is not right for you, you can still use the credits toward your degree.

Have fun

College is full of  choices and options and is geared more toward studies that you choose specifically. Even though you need to take the basic courses, you have more options as to what those courses may be. For example, if you need practical arts credits, you have a whole array of classes to choose that count for that credit. Also, I am able to take a geography course to count as a science credit. This is a great option for me because I enjoy geography.

As you continue with your college education, you will have more of an idea of what area of study is best for you. Just remember: it's OK to change your mind. You may not know what it is you want to study specifically right away, but over time, your classes will tell you.

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