How do I decide what major I should pick?
I am a third culture kid who has lived all over the place. I really love people and working with children , especially kids who come from rougher situations. I was looking into going in as a #psychology major but then I wanted to study more of the medicine aspect. But then I realized I love talking to people and asking questions and considered a #news related career path. #college-major #college #medicine
You have a unique background!
I would advise you to look into liberal art colleges, or colleges that have flexibility in choosing your major.
In liberal arts college, often you will need to declare before junior year.
Until then, you can select courses you are interested in and have deeper understanding of the specific topics relevant to a major.
This a good question and don’t think you’re alone, a lot of people have this question. Write a list of things you enjoy and do a little research on them.
Example , if you like writing what can i major in that I can get a job from. If you are still unsure, do general studies while in college until you find something you love.
Ms. Dana captured exactly what i wanted to say about Internships helping you make your decision about what to study.
and Julian's answer is great as well.
what makes you happy? what type of job/work do you excel in? what would you do today even if you do not get paid for it? Ask family and friends what they think your strongest skills are?
Note that it is possible to have a number of interests and that sometimes your interests may change as you get older and that's OK.
I have seen medical doctors who are state governors.
I have seen medical doctors who are poets.
I have seen medical doctors who are great in classical music and can identify symphony composers.
Psychology, Medicine or the News and helping kids from under-served communities are not as unrelated as you may think.
I bet if you search you would find someone who is a doctor, a psychologist, news anchor/writer/editor/contributor etc. and helps kids in under-served communities.
let me know when you find them.
HINT: How about this show https://www.thedoctorstv.com
When deciding what to major in, it is important to look at two main things:
1) What majors are currently high in demand and lucrative
2) Is this major also going to bring me happiness
You definitely want to make sure you are studying something that will help you obtain a career right after college and also make sure that you are happy. People work 40 hours a week and you want to make sure you are enthusiastic and happy.
Pick a major that interests you so you don't mind devoting a majority of your hours to studying. You will need to get good grades in college in order to apply for medical school. At the medical school I attended, the average GPA is reported to be 3.85, so even one or two B's can hurt your chances of acceptance.
Aside from this, any major is acceptable as long as you complete the prerequisite courses.
Typical medical school prerequisites include:
Biology: Lecture – 4 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
General Chemistry: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Organic Chemistry: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Biochemistry: Lecture – 1 semester
General Physics: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Math: Statistics – 1 semester
English: Rhetoric (Composition) and Literature – 2 semesters
Apply to medical schools during your last year of college.