Q: Hey! I find this page so useful thank you a loot! I live in a small country with no opportunities for having a great career so i will go to college in The Uk next year. Im 16 and tbh i am so stressed about this for so many reasons but the worst reason is that i have no idea what i want to do in life. what career i want to have. I feel useless and i have NO talents at all and i doubt i could make it through the course bc i am stupid. I wanted to go into media and journalism but it seems so hard!..?
- Anonymous

First of all, you’re not stupid. 

Intelligence is not synonymous with success. Some of the smartest people on earth sit at home doing nothing, contributing nothing to the world because they can’t find the motivation or drive. Success takes hard work and determination.

You’re being incredibly brave by putting yourself out there and trying to attend college in another country. That’s a big deal, and you should be proud of yourself.

I have a journalism degree, and I don’t think it’s a difficult area of study. The concepts are simple. What makes journalism difficult is just the stress. You’re usually on short deadlines in fast-paced environments. It’s a super addicting career though, and if you think you might like it, you should totally try it out.

Also, you should remember that you’re not supposed to know everything. They aren’t going to expect you to start college being able to write a Pulitzer Prize-winning story. It will be baby steps.

If you feel like you don’t have any talents or skills right now, that’s fine because you’re not supposed to. They will teach you everything you need to know. 

Q: With an undergrad in psychology, is there a masters degree you can earn that will help you go into personal training?..?

You don’t need a master’s degree to be a personal trainer. They usually just require certification. Click here for the list of certification organizations.

Some of these organizations also offer training and resources. You’re going to have to pay to get certified and use their resources, but it won’t be anything compared to getting a Master’s degree.

Before you pay anyone for anything, make sure the organization is ACCREDITED AND NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED.

If you just want to get a Master’s degree, you could do kinesiology, exercise science, physiology, or some variation of those. It might be difficult to jump into the physiology on a Master’s level with no background, but if you work really hard, you should be able to get through it.

Q: I'm a junior in college and I recently had some thoughts about adding a minor. What would you advice be for that?..?
- Anonymous

Most people choose a minor that compliments their major. So let’s say you want to be a Newspaper reporter so you major in communications. You might want to minor in political science so that you have a foundation of the political system to aid you when writing articles.

You don’t have to minor in something complimentary to your major though. If you just have another subject you’re interested in, pick that. 

You should be able to minor in any of the areas you can major in at your school.

Q: If I want to become a psychiatrist, should I major in biology (to get prepared for the MCAT and med school) or psychology?..?
- Anonymous

That’s a tough call because some psychology programs aren’t meant to prepare your for medical school.

You can major in psychology, but here are some things to remember:

  • Most universities offer Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree programs for psychology. You should definitely make sure you are getting a Bachelor of Science, and don’t shy away from hard classes.
  • Another way to reinforce science concepts that will be on the MCAT is to minor in biology or another relevant science such as neuroscience.

Q: Hi, I don't know if this has been answered before, but if it has, sorry for having you answer again, but is there another way to studying math? Or any helpful tips? Aside from just doing practice problems? (As well as memorizing formulas and etc.)..?
- Anonymous

Here are some really great tips from a calculus professor at The University of California, Davis:

  • Develop an effective and time- efficient homework/study strategy.
  • Spend at least two to four hours on each homework assignment.
  • Memorize definitions, formulas, and theorems  immediately.
  • Do practice problems every day.
  • Find at least one or two other students from your calculus class with whom you can regularly do homework and prepare for exams.
  • Begin preparing/outlining for exams at least five class days before the exam.
  • Prepare for exams by working on new problems 
  • Use all resources of assistance and information which are available to you (class notes, homework solutions, office hours with your professor or teaching assistants, and problem sessions with your classmates).
  • Expect your exams to be challenging.

You can read more details on his suggestions by clicking here.

Q: Hi! I'm studying Mechanical Engineering, do you happen to know any useful tips for studying? Specially Termodinamics, Vectorial Calculus and Differential Equations? I've read your tips but they are more focussed to political sciences, medicine, literature, etc. Most of the sites just recommend doing truckloads of exercises but I want something more (I already do them). Thanks a lot (:..?

Here are some really great tips from a calculus professor at The University of California, Davis:

  • Develop an effective and time- efficient homework/study strategy.
  • Spend at least two to four hours on each homework assignment.
  • Memorize definitions, formulas, and theorems  immediately.
  • Do practice problems every day.
  • Find at least one or two other students from your calculus class with whom you can regularly do homework and prepare for exams.
  • Begin preparing/outlining for exams at least five class days before the exam.
  • Prepare for exams by working on new problems 
  • Use all resources of assistance and information which are available to you (class notes, homework solutions, office hours with your professor or teaching assistants, and problem sessions with your classmates).
  • Expect your exams to be challenging.

You can read more details on his suggestions by clicking here.

I also found these tips:

Q: Hey I'm curious what profession someone in a International Relations major could go into..?
- Anonymous

Majors in international relations usually study international politics and institutions. They also learn the principles of diplomacy and foreign policy.

These skills can lead you to several different career paths including:

Q: Do you think that it is a good idea to become a PR manager?..?

Definitely! 

PR is basically a mix of advertising and marketing where you get to build an image for the company or clients you work for. 

PR Managers get to come up with new ideas, plan campaigns, and make decisions about new products and services. Being the one who has the creative freedom to make all that happen would be something that I personally would really enjoy in a career.

Of course, you have to know your strengths, weaknesses, and interests to answer this question for yourself. According to BigFutre:

It helps to be an idea person. New concepts are the name of the game, so the more creative you are, the better. Being a strong communicator is also essential, as is the ability to lead a team.

Here’s some perspective on the benefits of working up to a management position:

PR specialists earned an average yearly salary of $60,400 in 2011, while PR Managers earned $105,690.

Q: I'm the same person who asked about doing a major/minor in psychology and writing. You suggested me to do a major in psychology and a minor in writing. My questions are: Would it be good to do a major in writing and a minor in psychology instead? And what could I do with that? I would like an idea before I go to an actual orientation. Oh and what the best schools to study psychology and writing? Thank you!..?
- Anonymous

Well, the major probably isn’t going to be called “writing.” You’re going to be looking for English, Journalism, Liberal Arts, Communications, Creative Writing, etc. 

You should major in the one you like the most. If you like writing the most, you should major in that area. If you’re not sure which one you like best, just take a few classes for both and then pick which one you like better. As long as you pick your major by the end of sophomore year, you should be ok. Stay in contact with your academic adviser. 

Where you should study is a really tough question.

Honestly, I would stay in state. Those are both degrees that could take a while to see a real return on investment (i.e. it might take you a while to make bank with either of those.) I wouldn’t rack up a ton of student loans if I could help it.

Click here for a link to the Top 10 best American Colleges for writers, and click here for the Best Creative Writing Schools in the U.S.

Click here for the best psychology schools ranked by U.S. News.

Q: Do I do my masters/phd at my University (I'm a freshman at USF) or do I go to a different school?..?
- Anonymous

You can do it at your school or you can transfer to another school.

If your school has a Master’s/PhD Degree program you’re interested in, you can stay there. If not, you will have to transfer to another university.

Q: So I made a 41 & a 48 on my first two biology exams. There's 2 more exams in the class. Do you think I will be able to pass? I know I need to study more & I plan to do so! I really need to pass this class!..?
- Anonymous

If those are the only four grades you have in the class, honestly, no, you probably can’t pass the class this semester

You would have to make like a 97 on the last two tests to get a C in the class assuming you only have those four grades. If there are more grades in the class, try to figure out what you need on those last two tests.

If it’s unrealistic, (and only you can answer whether or not it’s unrealistic) I would drop it, and take it again next semester. (**Always check your financial aid status before you drop any classes.**)

If it’s realistic, go to talk to your professor ASAP. Tell them you need extra help, and you’re interested in getting a tutor. And ask if they have any extra credit opportunities.

Q: I have a few different questions, but first, let me say I am SO glad that this blog exists! You're a godsend. It's so helpful. Recently, I've been tossing around the ideas of a communications degree or a political science degree. Do you have any suggestions for possible career opportunities that may come up with either degree? (I do not want to go to graduate school for either one, btw). Is there a way I could major in one and minor in the other? What are the pros and cons of each?..?

It’s our pleasure! :)

Those are really nice, complimentary choices, especially if you’re considering doing something political or in the media with your communications degree.

You can definitely major in one and minor in the other, no problem. If you’re not sure which one you want to major in, it’s ok. You will start your collegiate career by taking “lower division” (freshman/sophomore) classes for both, which will help you decide which one to major in.

You probably won’t need a graduate degree for either of these. If you wanted to work for a super prestigious and very competitive company, you might need one to be competitive. No entry-level communications degrees will require a Master’s. 

The jobs options for both are pretty limitless. Personally, I think communications is the most versatile liberal arts degree, and political science is right behind it.

With a political science minor, journalism is the most obvious choice as it combines both areas. You could work in print, broadcast, or radio as a reporter, editor, producer, anchor, etc.

But there’s also public relations, advertising, marketing, education, government jobs, and tons of other stuff. Click here for a link with tons of communication job examples.

The political science minor will really help with journalism, government jobs like a campaign manager, city manager, lobbyist, etc.

If that’s not the route you want to take, you could consider minoring in marketing, business or public relations to give you more of a corporate skill set.

Q: Do you think that it is a good idea to major in Public relations to become a PR manager?? And I'm having a really hard time choosing a minor, I don't understand the point of them...?

Majoring in Public Relations is definitely a solid choice if you want to be a PR manager.

Not all programs require a minor, but it sounds like yours does. Try to think of your minor is a way for you to customize your degree and get additional experience rather than just additional hours you have to complete. Here are the benefits of declaring a minor:

  • Your minor can make your college experience more enjoyable by allowing you to study a passion or interest you have but do not necessarily want to make a career out of. Example: Music, Dance, Psychology, etc.
  • Many people pick a minor in a field that is related to their major. While choosing a major and minor that are complementary is not a requirement, it can broaden the playing field for your future career.
  • Your minor can also be used as a way to choose a specialization. For example: Majoring in Business Administration and minoring in Marketing. In this case, the major is broad but the minor is narrow.

My suggestion for you would be to talk to an advisor from the business school about your minor. I think a minor in business management would pair perfectly with a Public Relations degree, especially since you want to be a manager. Other potentially good minors for you include: Advertising, Communications, Journalism, Marketing, Economics or even Sports Communication.