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How can I be sure of the major I am going to study in the fall. How probable is it to change

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Jennifer’s Answer

This makes me smile :-)

I changed 4 times and took 5+ years to get through my undergrad. At the end of the day, what you study doesn't have that much of an impact on what you end up doing. So I would say, start general before declaring a major so that you can understand what you best like to do and learn about. Make connections and do internships. Learn as much as you can. The job that you will have may not even exist yet. Best of luck!

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Rebecca’s Answer

Thank you for your question. This is question to yourself and not have a right or wrong answer. Choose what you have interest.
Below are my suggestions:
1. Think about your hobbies, interest subject and identify the related subjects .
Eg if you like Maths, would you like to be an accountant, engineer, banker, financial analyst, maths teacher, etc.
If you are interest in music, would you like to be a singer, musician, composer, music producer, music teacher, etc.
2. Find out more on these careers and what you have interest
3. Speak to someone who are working in these careers. Seek guidance from your mentor, school counsellors, your parents, etc.
4. Shortlist 1-2 careers you would like to pursue
5. Explore the entry criteria of relevant subjects in the college
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
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Darian’s Answer

Hi Katelynn! To be honest there is no way you can be sure about your major and there is a very high probability it will change. I know that the possibility of "going back" sounds stressful but it is honestly very UNCOMMON for someone not to change their major in college. But it's important to remember that changing your mind is what college is all about. It gives you an insight into different careers before actually getting a job and many people find that the career they thought they would love is actually not their cup of tea. It's better to figure it out during college instead of when you are in the middle of it. It's nothing to be stressed about.
If you want to be conservative you can stay undeclared for roughly the first two years of college and can declare your major once you have taken different classes and have found out what you are interested in. During the first two years you have to take your core classes which will probably include sciences, math, English, humanities, arts, etc., which will give you a good background for your direction.
Have fun!
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Michael’s Answer

Hi Katelynn,

I changed my major during my sophomore year in college. Changing majors is okay and students do it often. Academic advisors can assist in guiding a student in choosing a major. Also, the career center on campus is a great resource to learn about different career positions and what is required to be a professional in the various fields.

The first two years in college are very important in determining one's college pathway. General elective courses like Math, Science and English are required during this time. These classes provide exposure to different fields of study and help guide a student to choose a major.

What do you have a passion for? What are your interests, hobbies and extra curricular activities? These can be factors in choosing a major. Family, friends, current teachers, high school guidance counselor and coaches are excellent resources and sounding boards who can provide advice to help you determine your course of study in college.

Hope this helps, enjoy your high school years and best wishes for your college future!
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