The simple answer to this question is everything, but the hard truth is that you never have enough time to go over everything and sometimes you need to make a choice. Here are three ways on how you shouldn’t choose what to study.
- I liked Chemistry in High School and that’s the path to Medical School, right? This idea is something that everyone talks about, but this shouldn’t be the way you choose the courses that you want to take. Instead of saying I like it and this is the job that it can lead me to, say I like it, but why? Whatever you study in college will be with you for the rest of your life, and understanding what you love about it will help you to not get burned out halfway along the way. Loving something is the ONLY reason that you should study it, and never say it leads to this job and thus I have to do it.
- Understand the Time Commitments. When someone says they’re going to be a doctor, what I hear is four years of college, four years of medical school, two plus years of residency, and who knows how many years of training for your specific specialty. Remember you don’t want to do something just to say I’m a this, and then wake up and realize that your entire life has gone by without you even noticing it.
- My parents are or My parents want me to be? These two phrases should immediately be removed from your vocabulary. Although I’m the first to say that parents are your number one supporters and want what is best for you when it comes to a job unless you want to do it you shouldn’t study how to do it. Spending any amount of time on something that you don’t love will not work out for you in the long rung, and no matter how much you think you’ll love do not count on it.
In all these three things are but a simple taste of how not to choose what you should be studying in college. Take into consideration everything you intend on doing, and never chose something based on someone else’s experiences. You’re going to be attached to what you study for four years and if you’re like most students your major will lead to your potential job. Good Luck as always.