The thought of going to University is very exciting for most people. It is something that a lot of people dream of. This is however not the case for students who have no idea what course they would like to study in University. For such people, the thought of going to University makes them apprehensive. These tips in this article will help you choose the right course to study.

Know yourself
You may be wondering what knowing yourself has to do with the course you study. Well, it has a lot to do with it. Have you ever seen an intelligent person struggling in school simply because they are studying the wrong course? It happens all the time. A person that loves science subjects may not enjoy a course like literature for example. I said ‘may’ because you find people that are good in a wide range of unrelated subjects. I was a science student in secondary school, I loved maths and literature. I had the freedom of choosing courses from the science or arts field. So it all depends on you. What subjects are you good at? Which ones do you enjoy? Let that guide you in choosing the course to study.

Ask questions
Do you have people around you who have studied a course you are interested in? Then ask them questions. Find out what the course is like and what career opportunities are available for those who study that course. It may be helpful to speak to your guidance counsellor or an adult you feel comfortable with. Don’t let them impose a course on you but you can let their opinion guide you.

Do your research
A follow up to asking questions is doing your research. Thank God for the internet and Google. You can find in-depth information about the different courses that are available to study with a simple Google search. Let’s say for example you love the media, just simply Google ‘undergraduate courses in media’ and you will find different courses you can study in the media field. You can then begin to make a decision from the pool of courses the search will reveal.

Take free ‘tester’ courses online
Another benefit of the internet is that we now have a large number of courses online and some of them are free. You can enrol for one of these free online courses to have a feel of what a course is really like after you have done the first three tips I mentioned. The free online course will definitely not have the full syllabus of the course you are interested in but it can give you an idea of what that course is like.

Think relevance
In as much as it is good to be adventurous, don’t be too adventurous when it comes to the course you want to study. Why study a course that has no relevance to the society you live in or your future goals? Three or four years of your life is a lot of time to waste. Of what relevance is a degree in Classics to someone that is interested in Biochemistry? Make sure you study something that will be of long-term benefit to you. Although I am not currently practising in the field of my degree, my degree will always be a benefit to me because Law is a course that is regarded highly by many and it has allowed me to navigate smoothly into other fields.

Choose wisely; look before you leap. Don’t be influenced by what your peers are choosing to study and if you can help it, don’t be influenced by the desire of your parents. Choose a course that, ten years down the line, you won’t regret studying.

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