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How deciding a major can save money

Written by Sarah Higley.

College, a time of contemplation and an attempt at answering the age-old question of life ambition:What do you want to be when you grow up?

Around 50-70 percent of students are likely to change their majors at least once, while many will change their major at least three times before they graduate, according to University of La Verne.

It costs the average BYU-Idaho student $9,000 to $11,500 to attend one academic year, according to the BYU-I costs Web page.

BYU-I students have their tuition subsidized by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has invested millions of tithing dollars over the last 15 years to upgrade the BYU-Idaho campus and programs,” said Elder David A. Bednar, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve apostles.

Tithe payers from all over the world fund church educational systems, such as BYU-I according to Elder Bednar in his recent devotional.

“Such expenditures have been made to enhance your learning, developmental and employment experiences,” Elder Bednar said. “Please do not take these sacred resources, your choice opportunities and this beautiful campus for granted.”

For incoming freshman, it can be hard to know what to study.

“This is my eighth semester at BYU-I,” said Kat Scichilone, a senior majoring in theater studies. “I’ve changed my major three times. First, I was business with a minor in culinary arts, then I got a job in AV production, and I loved it.”

Over 40 percent of freshman students enter college as undeclared, according to Penn State University.

“So then I decided to change to university studies to pursue sound engineering,” Scichilone said. “And then I heard about the tech theater major, so I changed it to that.”

Students can access updated information regarding the different majors that BYU-I offers in the BYU-I catalog, located on the BYU-I website.

“The reason why I’m here and doing what I’m doing is because of everything I did to get here,” Scichilone said. “I had to do all of that to figure this out.”

The main Academic Discovery Center, located in the Manwaring Center 219A, offers career exploration and major exploration tests. Many assess skills and abilities that help students know what might be a good direction for them, according to the BYU-I career exploration Web page.

“It’s definitely common for students just starting out to have know idea what they want to do,” said Amie George, a student adviser at the main ADC and a junior studying English education. “It’s important to explore other majors even if you don’t take classes for them.”

Major exploration can be done outside of the classroom as students explore different hobbies and things they like to do.

“Doing activities outside of classes can help you get to know your interests, talents and more,” George said.

They ADC also offers career coaching. Career coaching offers major and career exploration guided by an academic advisor to help students know and understand the best route for them to take as they pursue higher education, according to the BYU-I career exploration Web page.

“Talking to advisors or professors over different majors can help a lot,” said George.

Picking a major can be tough, but there are a lot of resources to help.

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