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That's actually three good questions. I'll take each in turn:
1 - How important is your major when applying to colleges?
Actually pretty important. It determines what pool of applicants you'll be competing with. A very popular major at a very desireable school with very few slots available for that department is going to be much more competitive than a major that the school wants more people to apply for. Unfortunately, the competitiveness of each major is school-dependent, so you can't draw many generalities. A second thing that's relevant here is to note that whatever major you choose, your application still has to have some consistency to it. So if you spend all your time doing in the great outdoors hiking, you're going to have a hard time creating a compelling application that is all about getting ready for a future as a lawyer. Same goes for declaring pre-med and having poor science scores. So you might have an incentive to pick a major that is less competitive, but you also need to make sure that you don't pick a major that is so unrelated to your passions and accomplishments that you are unable to weave together a consistent narrative.
2 - Is it okay to apply undecided?
Happens all the time, but I don't recommend it for the reasons mentioned above.
3 - Did you switch you major in college and was it hard to do?
I switched my major three times in college. It was easy to do at the beginning. At some point, it was hard to change my major for two reasons. First, some academic departments don't let you change your major into their department once you pass a certain point (e.g., after sophomore year). That's to prevent you from failing to graduate on time. Second, I paid a price for my indecision and late-switching in that I had to work like crazy in Junior and Senior year in order to catch up on all of the required credits my department required in order for me to finish with the major I ultimately selected. Not only that, but when I hit the job market, I was competing against my peers who had been training for four years to work in finance, whereas I'd only had about two years time to train for the job market. I had to bust my butt to make it happen. I studied until midnight, slept in the study rooms, and then studied in the morning when the sun came up. All because I was behind the curve due to my indecision. In the end I did succeed in getting a great job, but it was pretty tense for a while there.
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