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I’m excited to announce another giveaway on SC! This time, we’re celebrating the release (August 6th!) of Bridie Clark’s new book Snap Decision: Maybe Tonight, a take on the choose-your-own-adventure genre. What’s even more awesome is, not only are we giving away prizes, but we have some words of wisdom straight from the author to share with you! See what she has to say about choosing your college major below:

Choosing Your Major (Guest post by Bridie Clark)

When it comes to choosing a major, there are two main approaches.  Some students choose a major in order to prepare for a specific job or field, like nursing, education, or engineering.  If you feel confident about what you “want to be when you grow up,” this may be the way to go.  You’ll avoid the raised eyebrows of relatives who ask you what you plan to do with your degree in comparative literature, and you’ll come out with a degree that will directly launch your career. 

Of course, you may just love comparative literature.  Or art history.  Or communications.  Or philosophy.  While you can’t yet guess how the major will factor into your career down the road, you have a passion—and you want to immerse yourself in the field.  This is the time to explore and be curious.  After all, when but college will you read every single one of Shakespeare’s plays?

When I choose to become an English major in college, it felt pretty self-indulgent and luxurious.  Reading constantly and discussing books simply did not feel like work.  Looking back, majoring in English was a good start to a career in publishing, but I promise I wasn’t thinking that way at the time.  More than anything, choosing a major I genuinely enjoyed was the predecessor to choosing a career I genuinely enjoyed.  I’d learned from my family that the best work doesn’t feel like work, and that basic outlook has shaped my working life much more than my degree. 

There are no hard and fast rules.  Some people come to college with a clear sense of what they want to do, and it makes good practical sense to focus on the pursuit of that career.  For those students, my advice would be: Make the most of your electives.  You can be pre-med and still sneak in a course in Renaissance art.

Or maybe you have no idea what you want to do.  You may feel a pressure to know yourself before you’ve had a chance to get to know yourself.  My advice would be to focus on what you truly enjoy.  What interests you the most, even if you have no idea how it could translate into a career?  Spend the time in college to understand what you love to do.  When you are ready to join the working world, you’ll be in the habit of following your unique passions.

About the Author

Bridie Clark has worked as a book and magazine editor and written for the New York TimesVanity Fair, and New York magazine. Her novels Because She Can and The Overnight Socialite have been published in nineteen countries and featured in dozens of magazines and newspapers, including the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and Glamour UK. She was born in West Hartford, Connecticut and currently lives in Greenwich, Connecticut.

About the Book

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The Snap Decision series invites the reader to participate in the high-stakes social scene of Kings Academy, an elite boarding school where fitting in may require selling one’s soul.

Maybe Tonight? opens as the reader is getting ready for the most exciting party of the year—Midwinter’s Night Dream, set in the frosty woods just off campus—with her roommates and best friends, Annabel Snow, Spider Harris, and Libby Monroe. Choices unfold quickly and the reader must decide which risks to take in pursuit of social status, adventure, success, and love.

More Info:

Learn more about the book here

Learn more about the author on her website

Follow Macmillan and Bridie Clark on Twitter and join the conversation using #MaybeTonight

The Prize:

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Snap Decision: Are you going out or staying in tonight?

One (1) winner receives: A copy of Snap Decision: Maybe Tonight?
AND winner’s choice: Either a $15 Fandango gift card for a night out OR a $15 iTunes gift card for a night in

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