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How do I know what major to select?

Updated Decatur, Georgia

Throughout the early stages of my college career, I was unsure of what I wanted "to be when I grew up." With so many choices, I understand many other students are wondering the same thing. I wanted to expand the clarity from other individuals on what newly applied students should do in this case. #college #teaching #teacher #students #professors #graduates #undecided

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Rebecca’s Answer

Updated Falls Church, Virginia

Take electives that might be of interest to you and see what you end up liking most. Begin thinking about careers in that field and see if those seem interesting to you. You should use the resources provided by your school such as career counseling.

Rachel’s Answer

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<span style="background-color: transparent;">Collegeboard.org is a great resource for this! I poured through the pages of universities all over the U.S. when I was a senior in high school. Collegeboard was my go-to site! They put all of the information in one place and it is very easy to use. They even have various filters you can apply to see only colleges that have programs you are interested. To determine academic rigor, look at the admissions requirements, G.P.A. of past admitted applicants, SAT/ACT scores, class rank etc. This will give you an idea of what scores and grades you need to be accepted. However, don't be discouraged your application will be reviewed based on the full picture! College-board will help you get an idea of what is most important to the specific school you are applying to.</span>



This professional recommends the following next steps:

  • <span style="background-color: transparent;">Chat with your Guidance Counselor</span>
  • <span style="background-color: transparent;">Create a Collegeboard.org account</span>
  • <span style="background-color: transparent;">Start using CollegeBoard as a resource to look up schools.</span>


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When you first start thinking about how to choose a major and which major is best for you, you"ll probably fret over the process the choices, and getting it right! However, here are a few steps to help with your decision when choosing a major: 1. Sort into categories: Separate prospective majors into ones which fit your abilities, values, interests, and passions. 2. Pick a major that is future-proof - Take an educated guess on which majors will stands the test of time and offer gainful employment far into your future. 3. Get help - Talk to the experts, such as career counselors, academic advisors, your parents, and your peers to get a well-rounded view into the direction you should head,

Ekan’s Answer

Updated Portland, Oregon

First and foremost, you should find out what interests you. One way to identify this is to see what subjects you enjoy during your school days. I have always been curious about electronics and technology that I took some courses outside of my school to learn more about them, so I decided that is what I want to study and make it as my career. Maybe there is a subject that you do good and get good grades (probably because you enjoy learning about it), sometimes the teachers will know you have interest in a specific subject and can guide you. You can also talk to your parents and other adults in your life about what they do for a living and ask them what their work involves - this would give you an idea about what interests you.

Internships are another great way to find out what your interests are - there are several summer internship opportunities in various fields even for high schoolers, so that is a good option to identify your interests/passion

Good luck!

Aaron’s Answer

I'd say the first step is to find something that interests you. If you don't know, then I would suggest looking into classes or online course that can give you a glimpse of what the interest involves. Even before you commit to that field, you can ask for specific advice on the career path on places like this! Also, it's totally okay to reach out to people in the field on LinkedIn or other professional sites. I want to emphasize that it's important to do what you enjoy! It'll be a lot easier to pursue a career in a field that you're happy in. I think it's important to also mention that the major you select is not the end all be all in case you find out you don't like your major. I work in a field completely different than what I majored in and it turned out fine! Best of luck!

Ashish’s Answer

Updated India

Hello dear, when I had choosen the major subject some years ago, I didn't think too much I just go with flow. I love to read about how machines and systems work? The science behind them and so I choose engineering. Why so much of worrying?


It is very obvious if someone is passionate about something,he/she will choose that instead of situation,circumstances.


Remember, one thing whatever you will do just do with faith. I mean to say, believe on your decision.

Second thing,all qualifications are equal. Third thing, put all your effort into that and whatever the major you choose,posses its higher position at your mind.



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