Where to Start When Choosing a Major

This month we’re focusing on college planning. We will be posting some helpful information and links that you can share with high school seniors. They have a busy school year ahead, and we want to help as much as possible. Check out today’s tips on how to choose a college major and then check back each week in September for more college planning posts!

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Choosing a major. For some students, it’s one of the hardest decisions they’ll ever make. So many options are available, and they all sound interesting. (How do you pick just one?) It was hard for me—I switched majors twice before my sophomore year of college.

Some college students aren’t like that. They know what they want and stick with it. But there are others who, like me, aren’t sure what to do with the gifts the Lord has given them. If you are struggling with making this big decision, here are a few questions to help you think through and narrow down the options.

What do you like?

It seems like a no-brainer, but sometimes it’s hard to figure out how what you like to do could be a career. For now, focus on your interests; you can consider related careers later. Also, it might help you to write down your different hobbies so that you can refer to them later. And don’t worry if something sounds silly or weird. This is strictly a brainstorming exercise, so don’t edit your list before you create it.

A few brainstorming prompts

  • Favorite activities/hobbies (including jobs/volunteering)
  • Favorite thing to study/do in school
  • A desire that God has placed on your heart
  • Times when you feel like you’ve accomplished something that you’re proud of

What do you see?

Is there something that you could see yourself doing? It might be something that you daydream about. Or when asked what you’d like to do, this certain image pops into your head. What is it?

What do others see?

It’s helpful to ask others for their advice. They see us in a different light . . . from a different angle, so to speak. Ask people that you respect or look up to. Find out what they see as your strengths and weaknesses. Some of the responses may confirm an ability or interest that you already knew about; others may be surprising revelations.

Don’t be discouraged. It can be hard for some of us to speak our dreams aloud. We may feel that something sounds silly or impossible to accomplish, so we don’t voice that dream. But we should. God made each of us for a purpose, and that dream of yours may be exactly what He wants you to do. Talk with people you trust because you know they will listen and give you good advice. Tell them your impossible dream. Even if you’re not ready for that, then at least write it down and share it with God—He’ll give you the best advice.

What advice would you give to a young person who is deciding on a major?

Introducing Our Bible Memory Apps

image of an iPad and iPhone with BJU Press Bible Truths App on the screens.

Guess what? BJU Press has just released two apps that coordinate with the fourth edition of our Bible Truths products, Bible Truths 4: God and His People and Bible Truths 5: Living in God’s Love.

We think your kids will enjoy memorizing verses with these Bible memory apps. The apps allow them to see and say verses as well as play several games to help commit the verses to memory. Users are also able to track their own progress and earn points for their memory and review activities.

App Features

  • The Bible versions available include KJV, ESV, and NASB.
  • Verses are listed in order by unit in the BJU Press Bible Truths textbooks.
  • You can track memory and review status for multiple students. (The apps can be used at home or in the classroom.)
  • You can share memory status across multiple devices via iCloud®.
  • Each app includes a complete listing of the Bible Truths for Christian Growth—short questions and answers designed to highlight doctrines, facts, and principles from the Word of God.
  • Easily track a child’s progress in the app to see whether or not the child has memorized or reviewed the assigned verses.

Users will choose code names like “Shark12″ or “Zebra02″ instead of using their real names. They can play memory games such as Phrase (show a phrase at a time), Word Take-Away, and Initials (show just the first letter of each word in the verse). The players will also earn points as they memorize and review verses. AS a reward, they can use their points to place animals in the Noah’s ark game included in the app.

These apps are available only in the App Store and are 99 cents each. They are compatible with iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod touch®. Check them out today!

Bible Truths 4 App

Bible Truths 5 App

What other apps would you like to see from BJU Press? Let us know below.

 

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