Many of you are probably struggling to decide what to study at university. How should you pick one subject amidst so many possible choices? It is often difficult to change majors after entering university. Therefore before picking a subject, it is vital to discuss and think carefully about what are your likes, dislikes and interests. Here are some advice on how to choose a course that you will hopefully enjoy for the next three or four years.
1. A-level subjects
Look closely at the A-level (or equivalent) subjects you are currently taking in school. What subjects are you good at? Which subject do you enjoy most? Picking a subject to study at university can be easy if you have a particular A-level subject that you enjoy most, found the material interesting or excel in. Your A-level years are a good time to explore which subjects you personally enjoy and want to pursue.
2. Your interests
What subjects interest you outside of school? Sometimes, the areas that stimulate you or matter to you are not the ones you can find in an A-level curriculum. An example is the study of Law – if you are interested in the legal aspects of society, or find the court cases in the newspapers more fascinating than the entertainment pages, then perhaps pursuing further studies in Law is a good choice. Picking a subject from your interests means that you can talk about it in the interview easily too.
3. Your future career
Whilst many students still ponder about their future career options, some of you will already have a strong idea of what you want to be when you graduate from university. Most students who pursue Medicine or Law go on to become doctors or lawyers, and this makes sense because the training you will receive at university is often job-specific and technical. If you have a clear aim of what you want to be after graduating, then picking a subject should be relatively hassel-free.
4. An entirely new subject
Cambridge University offers many courses that you probably will not have come across before. Courses like Human Social and Political Sciences (HSPS), Linguistics, Asian and Middle Eastern studies and Land Economy are unique to Cambridge and may be something you have never even considered applying for. These courses are often a combination of many different, but inter-related fields of study. For example, Land Economists at Cambridge study a mixture of Law, Geography and Economics, as well as other modules that they can opt for in the latter years.
By researching carefully about these unfamiliar and new subjects before applying, you can get a clearer idea of what you want to do at university. All the information you need is available online!