Major Decisions: Taking Charge of Your College Education

by Henry J. Eyring


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Having doubts about higher education? Maybe you're thinking about attending college but wonder whether it's worth the cost. Or maybe you're already a college student and are worried about whether you'll be able to get a good job in your field. You're right to be thinking about these issues.

The author says, "Probably the most important thing I've learned about higher education is this: you can get everything you hope for — and more — if you take personal responsibility for the design and construction of your education. The key is to be your own "general contractor," the one who puts all of the pieces of a higher education together according to a careful personal plan."

  • Features illustrations, graphs, and pictures to engage high school students and get them excited about preparing for and committing to a higher education
  • Ideal for a student who can't decide on his or her major
  • Illustrates the various earning potentials of different jobs
  • Shows how to build an individualized college ranking system, one focused on your personal learning
  • Teaches how to customize your degree as well as connect your degree to what comes next

What University Presidents and Other Leaders Are Saying:

"Going to college and getting the most out of it has never been more important. Henry J. Eyring's advice for doing just that is utterly engaging and extraordinarily rich with spiritual insight and practical wisdom, born of powerful personal experience and keen observation. Whether you are just starting college, preparing to go to college, or thinking you can get by without some higher education, you need to read this book!" — Matthew S. Holland, President, Utah Valley University

"Major Decisions is about acting and not being acted upon. This is not a book of theory. It is a practical, realistic, "how to" book that addresses both the challenge of getting into a university that will bring out the best in your abilities, and once you are accepted, making the most of the educational opportunities so that you will graduate with momentum, confidence, and a career." — Steven C. Wheelwright, Edsel Bryant Ford Professor Emeritus at Harvard Business School; President, BYU-Hawaii

"There is much clutter on bookstore shelves about "How to Go to College." It is refreshing to find a book that asks fundamental questions about not only how one selects a college, but what type of education is best for an individual. This book also provides the reader with a real sense of selfworth and self-analysis. I would recommend it highly."— Gordon Gee, President, Ohio State University

"Henry J. Eyring has written a tremendous book that can profoundly alter the trajectory of the lives of students (and prospective students) everywhere. This is one of those rare books that is immensely practical and realistic while simultaneously being filled with wisdom and insight. I highly recommend it." — Stephen M. R. Covey, author of the New York Times bestseller The Speed of Trust

"This book is a wonderful mix of information, insight, advice, and exploration. It helps smart students create a path that maximizes their educational experience and puts them in charge of their future. Only someone with Dr. Eyring's educational experience and teaching abilities could craft a book this concise and yet this full of information. I am delighted to recommend it with genuine enthusiasm to friends and colleagues around the world as a valuable guidebook for anyone seeking an extraordinary and transformative education." — Michael Young, President, University of Utah

"While so many people speak of the importance of going to college, far fewer focus on what you need once you get there. Henry Eyring's thoughtful book helps students look ahead to see the implications of early choices. It also provides the helps and guides students will need to be prepared when they are done. As a longtime mentor to college students, I'd want all of them to have this resource. As an employer, I'd demand it. This book is a gem!" — Clark G. Gilbert, former Associate Academic Vice-President, BYU-Idaho; President and CEO, Deseret Digital Media

About the Author

Henry J. Eyring

Henry J. Eyring graduated from Brigham Young University, earning a bachelor's degree in geology and graduate degrees in business administration and law. He is the advancement vice president of BYU-Idaho and has served as director of the BYU MBA program. He also served as president of the Japan Tokyo North Mission. He and his wife, Kelly, are the parents of five children.

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By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

My daughter was very concerned about the amount of debt she is incurring to attend university. My husband has been able to help with room and board at the university of her choice but she must cover the rest. After reading this book, she no longer frets about the cost and she is more earnest about making sure she is doing all she can to make the best of her situation. She is asking more questions and taking a more active role in her educational decisions. I believe this book is also helpful for older folk who are wondering if a college education is right for them. Sadly, my high school age son would only scan it!

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