Minors. It’s a usually overlooked topic; but we must address it directly here because having a minor is a great way to boost our academic resume while eating up our free elective credits.
Now, depending on which major we choose, it will have between 10 and 30 credits reserved for free electives.
Instead of wasting those free elective credits by taking throwaway joke classes; we can greatly enhance our usable knowledge base by taking a minor.
First off, the dilemma about minors is that once we begin taking classes for it, we’ll lose out on the softer side of our schedule which would otherwise include lighter free elective classes.
Therefore, once we begin taking classes for a minor, just about every class we have will require total attention and a full workload. That’s the down side.
The up side is that a minor is a great way to quickly boost our academic resume. Especially since most minors only require a few classes to complete.
Yes, completing a minor will be hard work; but after everything is done the benefits will more than make up for it. That is the core mindset when we’re uncovering how to choose a minor in college.
Next, if we have trouble deciding on a minor, we must visit our academic adviser’s office. It’s a huge resource sadly most students ignore.
However, our academic adviser’s office is where we’ll find all the assistance we require regarding minors and how they can best fit into our schedules.
Also, in addition to providing guidance on minors; our academic adviser can council us on topics such as tutoring, schedules, semester abroad opportunities, on-campus jobs, internships, extracurricular programs, and a lot more.
Having an academic adviser is awesome, and it’s one of the many college services our tuition pays for up front.
That’s why most of the successful students on campus visit their academic advisers often. Because they realize we’re all paying for it anyway; so why not.
In the end, trying out a minor is a no-lose situation. If we don’t like the opening class to the minor, we just need to make sure we drop it before the deadline passes.
However, even if we miss the deadline and we’re forced to complete the class; all we have to do is finish it up and use it as a free elective.
Then, we can drop the minor altogether. It’s not a difficult process. This is something many students misunderstand when learning how to choose a minor in college.
Lastly, let’s imagine how impressive a minor will look on our resume. It will look outstanding sitting next to an internship, a social or academic Greek organization, a student government position, as well as any sports or clubs.
Now that we established having a minor is a great attribute, they’ll still not for everyone. That’s why all of us must at least do some research on the minors our college offers.
Because after all, we need to know exactly what we’re getting into, or what we’re staying away from regarding minors. Sure, it’s okay not to want a minor, but it is not okay to be completely in the dark as to which minors we are turning down.
That’s ultimately how to choose a minor in college while tapping into our inborn power. This will bring us closer to living as the most complete version of ourselves immediately.
* Action Step *
When you chose your major, what were some of the other ones that you were thinking of taking? Those other subjects could be good choices for a possible minor.
What are the three leading fields of study you are interested in besides your major?
Any of these above topics would be a great minor for you if you think you can handle one. However, you should at least try one out to make sure. Contact your academic adviser about it now.
How To Choose A Minor In College Now
– Written by Motivational Joe