Education and Family

Ready For College?

Dr. Bob Neuman and Jude Neuman

Ready For College? – FAQs about Starting College

Today Dr. Bob answers three questions on his Most Frequently Asked List. They are topics that students should be discussing with their parents before the student ever leaves for college.

How to find a major? choose a career?  When to start? how to go about it?

Ideally, parents and students should start thinking about this in high school. If they haven’t, they certainly should use the summer before freshman year to explore these topics.  True, colleges or universities set their deadline for declaring majors at the end of the sophomore year. But the students shouldn’t wait that long, especially if he/she would like to earn a degree in 4 years. Freshman year is the time to seriously investigate. Find out why and how to start shopping for a major or a career. Here’s a truth: Majors don’t” find” students. Students “find” majors.

What parts make up a college degree?

Think of a pie and cut it into pieces: required courses, elective courses, major courses, and courses that count toward a minor. They all play a role. Unlike high school, college graduation depends on self-direction. Students must decide on what courses they will take, when to take them, and how to choose them. Learn more in today’s discussion.

What makes a college grad “marketable” in today’s workplace?

You might be surprised.  Listen to find out.