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What is the most important thing when choosing a right major/minor?

It is hard to understand which major is the right one that is suitable for me when there are so many different types of fields out there. How can I choose the best ones for my passions and interests? #college #major #college-minor

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Ken’s Answer

Hi Tiffanie!


The most important thing to keep in mind when choosing a major and career area is fit and comfort and sense of accomplishment. Choosing a major and career area is like buying a pair of shoes. Although a pair of shoes looks good, one must not buy them until you try them on and walk in them for a while to determine their fit and comfort. Participating in coop, intern, volunteer, and shadowing programs is essential to properly making such a decision.


Please keep me informed of your progress. I an interested in how you are doing and if I can be of more help. Please let me know if you feel this information is helpful. Best of luck.

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Nicole’s Answer

Hi Tiffanie L. I see that you posted this question a little while ago so I hope my answer to you (or others who may read this response) is still helpful.

What an awesome word you used in your question...PASSION! While that word can be defined in many ways, I interpret your use of it as the thing that gets you excited and keeps you motivated. What drove me to study engineering was a passion I had to understand how things work and why. I also had some understanding that there was a financial benefit to pursuing a technology-based education ;).

When individuals seek their paths as part of their college journey, they can and should have an understanding of what they like to do, what their personal goals are and be very clear about why. This type of clarity, oftentimes becomes necessary particularly when we hit a hard class or some other type of adversity.

Also keep in mind that "the right major" can and does change for some people. Some of the things that can help mitigate the time and energy it may take to make such changes is to spend the time knowing what works for you and how you intend to complete your assignment...in this case, how you plan to successfully graduate and move on to meeting those passions that keep you motivated.

Best of luck to you!
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