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How do I know what i to major in when i get to college ?

I'm a high school junior and I'm thinking about going to college and not sure what i want to major in.

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Shelia’s Answer

Why are you interested in attending college? Is it something you feel expected to do? College can be an amazing experience, and I agree with Betsy that exploring various subjects you're passionate about is essential. Community colleges offer the perfect chance to discover your true interests. Think about what excites you – do you enjoy working with numbers and spotting trends that others might miss? Or perhaps you prefer hands-on work? There are many other programs to explore, such as becoming an electrician, plumber, or construction worker.
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Jim’s Answer

Hi, William! First off, please know this uncertainty is totally normal. Some people know exactly what they want to do and that's great but most find it a bit overwhelming given all the directions you could go in. Let me share what worked for me. No matter what college you go to, they will require a number of liberal arts and other elective courses for a degree. Take the first 1-2 years taking elective courses. Find classes that sound of interest and pursue those. Taking a variety of electives plus getting acclimated to the college experience will help you identify an area you want to pursue or concentrate in. You may surprise yourself. I took 2 years in business school just taking basic courses and electives and decided in my second semester as a sophomore to major in Business Administration based on my experience with my selected courses. I hope this helps you out-good luck with your college selection!
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keshawn’s Answer

I didn't have it all figured out myself. It's totally normal to not have everything figured out this young. I'll be 20 years old this fall, and enroll in school again. I was planning on majoring in fashion, but switched my mind towards journalism.
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Kelly’s Answer

First, you could take up just general classes that leads to different areas of study. The best advice is to research different colleges and talk with different enrollment advisors. They are train to help individuals that wants a career life yet not sure which way to proceed. A lot goes into this decision: life goals, challenges , health and well-being, family, children, job and more.
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josh’s Answer

Many people do not know what college degree they want to pursue. If you have some idea into a broad category, you can narrow down choices, but if you really have no idea, I would suggest going to a college that has a wide variety of majors and take a variety of electives for the first two years to narrow it down.
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April’s Answer

You can enter college with an undeclared major to give you some time to decide but you should major in something you are passionate about that way you will get the most out of your studies.
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Scott’s Answer

In order to help decide what you should major in, it would be helpful for you to assess your strengths and deficits, as well as what types of things you like to do, as opposed to things that you really don’t like to do. Whatever you do, don’t select a major because your friends are majoring in it, or because you heard that you will make a lot of money in the field. There are way too many people who do these things, only to change majors after two years, or get a degree only to realize that they hate their work, or find it to be much more difficult than they were led to believe.

One thing you can do is to meet with a counselor at your school, who can help you assess your skills, including taking tests that can help you identify your likes and skills. Then they can help you identify careers that employ those skills.

If possible, talk to people who work in those fields to verify if the jobs are what they appear to be, and if there are opportunities for advancement.
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Elizabeth (Betsy)’s Answer

If you're concerned about expenses, think about looking into community college courses. My child did this for several terms, trying out various subjects that caught his attention. Ultimately, he transferred all those credits to the university when he felt prepared. This approach allowed him to discover his passions while lowering the total university cost, as he spent less time there.
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Dan’s Answer

Hi William- I think it would be prudent for you to attain, at the very least , a general idea of what major might suit you best before even deciding if going off to college is right for you. . Going off to school, with little or no idea, of what your major area of study should be, could present some difficulties that could be be very frustrating for you. You will be paying a lot of money over four years, and therefore, not very wise for you to choose a random major in something your not sure of. It would be very frustrating(to say the least), at the end of four years, to realize your choice of major was not the right/best one. I have seen this happen to many students over the years and the consequences there of. I chose sociology( thinking it wouldn’t be that challenging and I wanted to “ work with people”)) as a
major but later regretted not having majored in French. You have a year and a half to do your research, seek counsel , especially from those who know you best and can recognize your skills/talents/motivators and what that might mean in terms of choosing the right major. Taking a gap year working, might give you some additional time/experience to make a better decision as well. All the best to you in your future endeavors.
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