The right major vs. the right college

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The right major vs. the right college

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Today, a lot of kids are afraid that they are not going to get accepted into the right college of my choice. This causes all kinds of angst and worry in parents. That's not the worry. Research has shown that the major, what a student majors in has much more to do with influence than the college your child went to. Apply to the colleges that you want to go to. Don't worry that you didn't get into your first or second choice, and you have to settle for your third choice, because that school is telling you, we think you can graduate. Picking a major is so important because quite often, it does dictate your lifetime. You need to pick a major that you can do. This is not a time for pipe dreams. If you can't do math, if you can't do science, you are not going to be a doctor; don't sign up for pre-med classes. That's crazy. You are going to wind up $200,000 in debt and no degree. Pick the majors that you can major in. If you are a writer, pick those kinds of majors. If you are a reader, pick those kinds of majors. If you are good at science and math, pick those kinds of majors. If you are not sure, go on and take one course and see how you do in Biology. Take one course and see how you do in Advanced Calculus. Picking a major early is also key to graduation, not that you can't change your mind. If you know that you want to be a Veterinarian or Astronomer, you are going to go to the college that offers those courses, and you are going to take those courses and get that major. As a parent, what we want to tell our kids, it's okay that you didn't get into your first choice. You want to pick the right major that suits you. When the major lines up with the students interests and abilities, they graduate.

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Harry H. Harrison Jr.

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Harry Harrison is the New York Times best-selling author of some of the most well known parenting books in the world.  He has appeared on television shows across the country, been interviewed on over 50 national radio programs including NPR, and is a regular contributor to websites like Dr. Laura.com, Sheknows.com, parentingpink.com, storknet.com, and sharecare.com (a collaboration between Dr. Oz and Dr. Phil).

His books aren’t the normal narrative read, but concise, sometimes hilarious, sometimes poignant chunks of inspiration and advice that parents read and reread over again. He has also written two eBooks directed towards college students to guide and motivate them to earn a college degree.  Mr. Harrison and his wife, Melissa, have raised two incredible sons.

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