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Choosing a degree is a decision that can be made in only a matter of minutes, however, this decision will determine what becomes of the next few or many years of your life. This is why you have to make the right decision so you do not get bored in the second year of a four-year journey.

Seek the subjects you love 

First, you need to know what course you are interested in studying. Most students desire to get a degree in the subject that was their best subject when they were in high school. This is commendable because it is an area of interest and they have the tendency to fare well in this subject. Having said that, most of these courses are split into various degrees at the college level and you will have to choose one area of specialization when you want to choose a degree. This infers that you take a deep look at the subject you wish to study and analyze it to discover your strengths and weaknesses in its different topics.

See what is required for a certain degree

Another factor that should be considered is the qualifications that are required to earn that degree. Certain degrees can be obtained without having to do a Bachelor's program. You can go through some special training and proceed to write the certification exam to earn the degree. For example, to be a registered nurse, you have to take the Registered Nurse exam (RN exam). To be qualified for this exam, you can either enroll to study for a Bachelor of Nursing, or do a 2-3 years diploma, or an associate’s degree, all of which will qualify you to get licensed after writing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). After writing and passing the exam, you can then specialize in any area of nursing that you wish to specialize in.

Do your research 

The next thing to do before choosing your major is to research how deep the school will dive into the details of the course and how the course contents will be taken. Generally, particular schools have better teaching personnel and facilities to teach certain courses than other schools. So, the right thing for you to do is to thoroughly check the syllabus of different schools for your degree and see how deep the school teaches lecturers that course. You can contact alumni and current students of the school to ask questions about the school and their experience studying for that degree. Also, check for how the school encourages students to learn. Have a gander at their classroom environment, the surroundings, extracurricular activities, etc. You are doing this because at some point in the course of your study, you might get fed up and you will need some sort of motivation, so you need to make sure the school has facilities in place for this.

Go beyond the traditional lessons 

The training and grading system of the school is another factor to have in mind when you want to choose a degree. you want to know if you are going to spend all the years of your study in the classroom or there is a period where you will go out to gain practical experience about your course. Also, you want to consider the method that the school adopts to assess your knowledge of the course – whether it is solely written exams or sometimes you have oral tests and practical tests. Not everyone fares well in written even though they know a lot about the course.

Consider all options 

Lastly, what happens if you do not have an interest in a particular part of the syllabus or you lost interest in the entire course? Other than compulsory courses which are mostly taken in the first year, some schools give students the freedom to choose the courses which they want to take each year. Investigate compulsory and elective courses, and put them into consideration before choosing a degree. Also, if it occurs that you no longer have an interest in pursuing that degree, is there an option to switch to another degree so you do not have to drop out of school.

Final thoughts 

Choosing a degree, you have to put a couple of things into consideration so you do not regret making that choice after several years of consistent study. Keep these things in mind and take your time to evaluate each of them before choosing a degree.


Lena Linetti is an interior designer. She is young and ambitious, with a degree in architecture. She has eight-plus years of experience in interior and exterior design. Her mission is to inspire others to live their dreams and create their perfect sweet home. Lena puts a big effort into working with her clients and tries to help them in the best way she can.

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