Three Tips to Help Teens Pick the Right Course for College

Taking the next Big Step

Finishing high school is a big accomplishment for all adolescents, but it also marks the beginning of yet another big challenge they will have to take. This challenge is none other than college. This is completely different from high school.

During college, an adolescent often learns how to become more responsible in terms of managing his time and classes, becoming an independent adult, and learning how to make new friends. One would no longer share a classroom for the whole day with the same people, because in college classes are the main venue for seeing new faces.

College teaches several other important lessons, both academic and non-academic to students both within the four walls of their classrooms and outside. The abundance of different student organizations also provide students with a proper and productive diversion from their classes, where they can express their interests and hobbies with likeminded people.

Needless to say, college is a wonderful chapter in life everyone should be able to experience fully. Additionally, to make the college experience more suitable and memorable, it will help if one picks the right course to take.

When one picks the right course for college, he may find going to school as an opportunity to learn something fresh and new instead of a burden. Thus, his college experience is most likely to be rich and fulfilling.

Tips for Picking the Right College Course

At times, choosing a course for college can put a lot of pressure on the adolescent and it might end up confusing him. After all, he will have to spend at least four years studying such course, and his finished course will also greatly affect the kind of job he will have.

Fortunately, there are a few methods on dealing with this sort of pressure so one can select a course to study with no regrets. Below are some tips high school seniors or graduates can take a look at to help them pick their course:

  • Find out your interests. Grab a piece of paper and a pen and list down a few fields of study that you are most interested in. Then, list down the courses related to such studies you might want to take. It also helps if you make a list of your favorite subjects or the subjects you were most interested in back in high school. You can even list down a few jobs or professions you have always looked up to and found yourself wishing you can do that when you grow up. Once you have a list, research on these different topics and try narrowing down further until you come up with a final candidate. Remember that in college you will be studying nearly every aspect of this course which come in different classes. For example, choosing a communication course would entail subjects that deal with communication theories, the different forms of communication, speech improvement, etc. Therefore, choose something you would enjoy “dissecting” even to the tiniest detail.
  • Be sure you will enjoy the course. Apart from defining your interests and strengths, you should also define your weaknesses or subjects you would rather never learn again. For example, if math was your biggest enemy in grade school and high school, it would only make sense to avoid subjects that largely involve math like accounting or engineering. If you did not like your science classes, then avoid science courses like medicine, biology, chemistry, etc. Being aware of what classes you would rather not take again will greatly help in your decision for the right course.
  • If you know what you want and what you do not want, the next thing to ask is if you are up for it. Choosing a course you are interested in is quite different from choosing a course you are good at. Ideally, you should pick a course you are both good at and interested in, but sometimes that does not happen. If a person is especially determined, he can fair well in a course he is interested in but not too good at, and learn how to improve along the way. In these cases, a student’s willpower and strong interest is tested. The safer path would be to choose a course you know you will be good at, as it has the potential to grow on you over time. However, either paths would totally depend on a student and how dedicated he is to a field of study.

Stepping into College

Once a decision has been made, it is time to choose the exact college to study in for the next few years. In Cagayan de Oro, one of the schools offering medical technology, medicine, business, IT, criminology courses and more is Liceo U.

Those interested in spending their college lives in the said university can check out their available courses at their website


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