The Big Question in College Planning: Choosing a College Major

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Sep 4, 2013 8:44:00 AM

In most facets of life, timing is everything; and nothing is truer when it comes to college planning. Simply put, the sooner you begin to have those discussions with your high schooler, the sooner you can effectively begin college planning. Undoubtedly, you will have several questions, considering how much things have changed since tie dyes, cut-off jeans, and afros and big hair were in style. The following information will provide you with a reliable source of answers for the tough questions about planning for your child's college career. 

The Big Question
As a child, everyone has undoubtedly asked your child the question, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" As a response, your child could have provided a wide range of answers from Superman to a marine biologist. The beauty of an adolescent answer is that it's cute and is always met with encouragement. As your child matures into a teen, the question loses its rhetorical value and becomes one of much more impending value. With direct relation to your child's choice of college major, this question is a major decision and unfortunately is required at such a young age. parent

The Best Answer 
One tool that has proven to be exponentially beneficial is the Jung Personality Test. This test is an effective tool at matching the way your child perceives and judges their environment to their interests, values, motivations, reactions, and skills. As a result, the test offers insightful information as well as a range of potential college majors and professions that would best be suited for your child. As an essential part of planning for college, helping your child choose the best college major will ensure your child is engaged in college and performing to the best of their abilities. 

As a parent, you job is to provide your child with encouragement and the best resources to help them base their college major choice. Another solution is to check with your child's guidance counselor to discuss other potential assessments that would help you and your child in college planning and choosing the best college major. In doing so, you want to keep in mind that the best college major will be one that matches your child's personality. 

The Wrong Answer
Choosing the wrong major or choosing a major for the wrong reason can result in your child not finishing college or several costly college major changes. On the other hand, your child could graduate with a degree that is not suitable to their interests, which can result in job instability and further parental reliance. In either case, choosing right major is an essential part of college planning and should be one of the first conversations you initiate with your child. 

The Book of Right Answers
When considering the vast number of questions surrounding college planning, the College Planning Center (CPC) of Rhode Island has effectively compiled a manual that will guide you through the process. The CPC's Guide to College Planning offers the answers that will effectively help you and your child create a clear college plan from A to Z. The free download offers valuable information about the college application process, choosing the right college, financing college, and financial aid. In addition, you will gain insight from college admissions experts and professionals.  

While paying for college is always a major issue, you can visit the College Planning Center of Rhode Island for the unparalleled Rhode Island Scholarship Search for those hard-to-find local scholarships or local Rhode Island internships. Simply put, it's never too early to begin preparing for the rest of your child's life. 

Topics: College Planning, Parents and College Planning