When you finally get accepted into the college of your choice, it doesn't end the agonizing decisions you have to make — it begins them. Now that you know where you're going to be, you have to decide if you're going to live in the dorms or off campus; if you'll live by yourself or with roommates.
But most important of all, you have to figure out what you'll be studying and what your major will be.
"What's your major?" is the ultimate ice-breaker, and is what school officials will need to know in order to steer you in the right direction when you register for classes. It can be excruciating trying to decide on a course study that will keep your interest and hopefully provide you with the materials you'll need for your future, especially in your career.
Psychologist Anna Vedel of Aarhus University in Denmark reports finding "consistent big five personality groups across academic majors. The big five personality traits are the best accepted and most commonly used model of personality in academic psychology.
"By taking into account some general personality characteristics of student populations, teachers and instructors may be better equipped to the task of structuring the learning environment in a way that engages the students, makes them feel comfortable and facilitates their learning process," Vedel writes.
If you're having trouble figuring out a major, take the big five personality test and see how you score. Let your strongest characteristic help you decide on your course of study.
The big five personality traits are a guide to help you decide on your academic major.
1. Extroversion = law, political science, economics, and medicine.
People with this trait are enthusiastic, are people persons, love to talk, are very emotionally expressive, they tend to gain energy in social situations.
2. Agreeableness = social work, nursing, hospitality management.
These individuals are trustworthy, generous, kind, and like to help other people.
3. Openness = art, psychology, women/gender studies, language arts.
This is a very good quality to have, and it means that you have a lot of imagination, creativity, insight and that you're interested in many different kinds of things.
4. Conscientiousness = accounting, architecture, biology, urban planning, journalism, and aeronautics.
Some people believe that this is the best trait to have, as it means you're self-disciplined, scrupulous, meticulous, careful and have a need to achieve.
5. Neuroticism = theater, history, and philosophy.
This one is all about emotional instability, since you might guess with mood swings, anxiety, and irritability.