Your college student may know exactly what she wants to study, or she may still be undecided and want to explore options. Even students who know major, 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 upper class 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 information is most helpful. Below are some possible questions that might help your college student get a conversation started.