You need to pick a major based on what you’re interested in, not your parents or your sister. Here are a couple of blogs you should check out:
Those blogs don’t have all the answers, and neither do I. You’re the only person who really knows what you should major in and what’s right for you.
You should at least experiment with some writing courses whether it’s creative writing, technical writing, journalism, public relations, marketing, or whatever.
There are tons of options. You should try a few and see what feels right.
Also, you should read (and you should have your mom read) this article from Inside Higher Ed: Liberal Arts Grads Win Long-Term
That’s kind of vague, so I’m going to give you a variety of things:
1. If you’re not using shortcuts, you really should. It might not seem like it saves time, but trust me, it can save a ton of time over your collegiate career, especially if you can make a habit of always hitting CTRL+S. Here’s a link to open office shortcuts.
2. Open Office has most of the same features as other paid versions of the same software, but they might not be in the same place. If you can’t find something in Open Office, just search for the feature location online. Check out this blog: OppenOffice: 7 Things you didn’t know you could do
3. If you’re having problems with your professor or friend being able to open your document, just save it as a PDF instead. You won’t have to deal with any version or compatibility issues as a PDF.
4. Here are a couple of tricks for when professors assign papers with minimum lengths, (because I think minimum length assignments are stupid and devalue conciseness and basic educational values):
This is a super awesome article that perfectly answers your question: Choose the Right Undergraduate Major for Medical School
AND, here are PS MCAT scores by major from the American Institute of Physics (It’s a little outdated: 2010). Biology is actually pretty low on the list.
Also, here are some interesting stats showing med school acceptance rates by GPA and MCAT scores by 2013.
Don’t worry about the MCAT when you pick your major. You should major in something that interests you.
I’m terrible at math, but I found the best thing for me was repetition. If I didn’t understand something, I did problems from the book (or examples from class) until I stopped getting them wrong.
You should go to class and take good notes, because it will be so much easier to study later if your notes are clear and organized.
When you actually take the test, you should go through and answer all the easy questions first. Then go back to the difficult ones.
If it’s memorization, like formulas, and you’re a visual learner, write the formula out multiple times and highlight the elements of the formula in different colors. if you’re an auditory learner, put the formula to a song/beat you like.
If that’s not enough for you, just about every campus has free tutors in their student services/learning center. They are usually upperclassmen who have already taken the class. They can help you understand the material.
Everything is going to be ok.
College really isn’t that different than high school. You will probably have to study a little more and your professors may not baby their students like in high school, but you will adjust pretty quickly.
Here are a few blogs we wrote with freshmen in mind. I think they will help:
We’ve got a few posts specifically about money. Here’s my favorite:
Here are a couple more really good posts:
You’re going to be ok. Everyone feels that way at first.
You’ve still got plenty of time to decide because you’re going to be in a lot of core classes freshman and sophomore year.
Just take a deep breath, take your required courses, and sign up for a science class as soon as you can. Once you can take a science class, experiment with areas you’re interested in. You will figure it out. I promise!
I know several people (religious and non-religious) who went to “religious” schools, and they all had different experiences. It depends on your personality and the personality of the school.
You should try to do a little research to see how heavily and openly they practice religion at the university. Some religious schools (especially if they are hardcore about it) require you attend services. That might be awkward for you as a non-religious person. But others may not require anything religious of their students.
Also, keep in mind that you might have a hard time getting into a very religious school if you’re not religious. They sometimes require a recommendation from a leader in your church.
That sort of depends on how much your parents are supporting you financially. If they are paying your bills and tuition, it’s going to be a lot more difficult to “tell them” anything.
If you start demanding, they will stop listening.
You should respectfully explain your reasoning. Stay calm and just be a grown up about it. Show them that you can afford it, and you are responsible enough to take care of yourself.
Show them that you’ve put a lot of thought and planning into it, and this isn’t just a whim. They will be hard pressed to say no.
It’s not that difficult, but it sort of depends on the two schools.
I attended a community college first, and they have a system (like many community colleges) called “Core Complete,” which means if you take all the core the community college requires, you will be considered core complete at any public college you transfer to in the state.
Even with that, I still had a couple of electives that didn’t transfer. It’s not the end of the world though.
You should talk to an academic adviser at the school you plan to transfer to. They should be able to help you pick appropriate classes at the community college.
You can definitely get scholarships as a transfer student. The academic adviser should also be able to tell you about university specific scholarships you can apply for.
Most don’t specify.
It depends on how much your tuition is.
Usually what happens with scholarships (and financial aid in general) is the college compiles all the loans, scholarships and grants you were awarded for the year. They take out however much your tuition and fees are (again for the year). After that, they give you whatever is leftover in a check or on a debit card depending on the university.
You can spend it (or save it) as you see fit.
Just as an example: If you got a scholarship for $1000 and your tuition for the year was $1000, they would use all of it to cover the tuition.
But lets say it’s some fantasy land where your tuition is only $500. They would take $500 for your tuition for the year, and then give you the other $500. If you need that $500 to pay for tuition the next year (because you aren’t getting another scholarship or whatever) it’s your responsibility to save it.
Picking a major is tough. Almost everyone I know changed majors at least once.
Here are a couple of blogs you should check out:
Short answer: You shouldn’t stick with a major you don’t like because of money.
You should take a communications class and see how you feel. If you think you like communication better than psychology when the class is over, you should probably switch. Talk to your academic adviser about how to deal with the financial aid.