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What classes should I be taking to continue to search for my exact interest?

I like math, sports, and something with stats has always seemed cool but maybe even something with STEM would interest me. #stem #math #college

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Peregrin’s Answer

The great news for you is that these days, statistics are used in almost anything, so your field is wide open. Taking statistics courses would be helpful to almost any career, if you are looking for some that are less obvious, I would recommend looking to see if you schools offers any Lean Six Sigma courses. Six Sigma tools use a lot of statistics but are applied to real world problems to improve things.

In more obvious realms Artificial Intelligence courses would provide a great deal of insight into another area that is being used in all facets of our lives.

Best of Luck.
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Christina’s Answer

You have several options available to you. You could look at sports broadcasting or data analytics courses. Both involve statistics, critical thinking, and decision-making.

Christina recommends the following next steps:

Research careers in sports or stats.
Search for a mentor or research the career for a famous person in the field.
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Chinmay’s Answer

Hi Lucas,

I'm very interested in stats and sports as well. There are a lot of opportunities to work on competitions / projects related to stats and sports on kaggle.com. Some of these competitions are even hosted by major sports leagues (check out the NFL competition: https://www.kaggle.com/c/nfl-big-data-bowl-2021).

For these competitions, you need to have strong coding skills in addition to taking stats classes. To develop these skills, any courses that cover the following areas will be helpful.

- Machine Learning
- Probability
- Statistics
- Data Structures / Algorithms
- Time Series Analysis
- Data Science
- Databases

In addition to these competitions, teams in all major sports leagues (e.x. MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL) hire analytics professionals out of college. If you take courses in the areas above, you will definitely have the skills to pursue these opportunities.

Hope this helps!
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Victoria’s Answer

Hey Lucas!

I'm a college junior and I STILL don't know what I want to do. The best advice I have for you and what I've been told myself is to pick something, stick with it for a while, and see if you like it. You really never know what you will like until you try it. No experience is ever a failure because you learn more about yourself and your likes/dislikes and can choose your next direction based on the insights you have gained from the experience. Ex: Let's say you decide to go into the medical field to be a dentist but realize you don't like working with adults. From that experience, you can pivot and change your career direction. Because you know you don't want to work with adults, you decide to become a pediatrician.

My freshman year, I thought I wanted to do research and when I had my first research opportunity, I absolutely hated it! But I would have never known if I didn't try it out at least once. I was also a computer science major my freshman year and here I am changing to a marketing-focused major. You can change your mind, people change directions every single day, so pick something! An exercise I can give you is to think of each subject (math, sports, STEM, etc.) and whichever one makes you the most excited, DO IT! Hope that helps :)
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