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How do I figure out what to choose as my major?

Everybody seems to have an idea about what they want to do. I don't seem to have any passions. #college #major

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Peter’s Answer

Hi Lucia,

This is a great thing to be thinking about. It took me quite a while to find my major during college so I identify with your question. First, know that you're not alone. Second, don't view this as a negative thing. It could simply mean you find multiple fields of study interesting because you're curious about the world. I'm not sure if that's the case but it could be.

You can do a few things to narrow in on your major. First, answer the question - what subjects do I enjoy the most? We've all been given a set of skills and abilities, and when we put them to use we experience a satisfaction. Ask your parents, teachers and counselor what they think your talents are. More likely than not, they'll correspond to those subjects you enjoy the most. Second, take some of the personality tests mentioned in the other post. These will help you know yourself and what you're best suited for. Secondly, think about what you'd like to do for a work. You can ask adults you trust to describe the jobs they have or research what job descriptions online. This might be a ways off so it's ok if you can't answer this question now.

I hope this helps! Good luck.

Peter
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Jimmy’s Answer

Hello Lucia,

I think this question resonates with a lot of people, included myself. Growing up I wanted to be a firefighter than a baseball player for the MLB.

I was pretty good with many sports and did really well on the diamond playing ball. However, as I progressed though high school I realized that getting to the MLB was a long and tough route, especially with a smaller guy like myself that did have the power to hit the ball out of the park and the strength to throw as hard as some of my teammates. The point I am trying to make is that you think you want to do something until you see it through. I knew that I didn't want to go though the extensive training and conditioning while missing out on the opportunity to get a good degree. Focus on your strengths. Best advice is take it one step at a time, and to find what motivates you.

I wish you the best of luck!

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Rebecca’s Answer

Thank you for your question. This is a very common question that has been raised in this forum.
Below is my suggestion :
1. Think you about your hobbies and your favorite subjects. Identify any career related to this hobbies or subjects.
E.g. If you are interested in Maths, would you like to be an accountant, banker, maths maths teacher, etc. If you are interested in music, would you like to be a singer, composer, music teacher, etc.
2. Find our more on these careers and select a few of them you have interest on
3. Speak to someone who are working in these careers. Seek advice from your mentor, school career counselor, your parents, etc.
4. Shortlist 1-2 careers you would like to pursue
5. Explore the entry criteria of the colleges on the relevant subjects.
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
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