One of the wonderful things that can happen for a student during college is to have the opportunity to explore a field of study. Your college student may know exactly what she wants to do, or she may still be undecided and want to explore options. Even if she knows the field in which she would like to major, she may want to explore possibilities within the field. One natural way to do some of this exploring is to talk to people. Encourage your student to talk to other students in the field, talk to family members who may work in the field or related fields, talk to people she admires, talk to a Career Office on campus, talk to her advisor and talk to faculty members in the area.
Talking to others is good advice, but many students worry about how to talk to someone – particularly a faculty member – about an area of study. Most people who enjoy their field are more than happy to talk about it, but they may need a bit of guidance about what is helpful. Below are some possible questions you might suggest to your college student that will help him to get a conversation started. He probably won’t ask all of them, but they may open up some possibilities – and hopefully will help him think of more questions on his own.