I think choosing the right college major is knowing yourself by answering the questions that I mentioned above and visualizing what you want the college degree to do for you.
Then take that list and really think about each activity and what it takes to do well in each.
* Playing video games is a combination of hand and eye coordination, real-time learning, puzzle solving and getting recognized (high score!)
* Talking to friends requires good storytelling skills, active listening, picking up on social queues and knowing your audience.
* Riding a 10-speed requires balance, the ability to focus ahead of you as well as look behind once in a while, how to navigate and what to do when troubles arise.
One you breakdown your interests into the skills and abilities you practice, you can reassemble these components into your skills profile. Then look at professions that require these skills. Don't worry if you are missing a few. You can learn those along the way. The important thing is to align your natural talents and interests to the major you are interested in pursuing.
I graduated college with a Degree in Business Administration (a general degree) and with that degree I have worked in accounting and finance (puzzle-solving), marketing and communications (storytelling), operations (focus on future and looking behind) as well as being a project manager (all of the above and more). You can do anything as long as you use your natural talents. Good luck!
What I did was look at what interested me. I also did extensive research as to how I could grow my love for my interests. For example, I loved investigating, problem solving and working under pressure. I looked into FBI, Police, private investigator... This pushed me into Criminal Justice. I looked at salaries, what are next steps when I am looking to get promoted (more schooling, certificates, particular qualifications), and what I my career could look like if I continued to the top of my profession. The best advise I could give is don't worry if you choose a major and end up doing something completely different. Trust it happens more often do you think. With my degrees in security and criminal justice I ended up in safety compliance.
Find professionals in those fields you can speak with, ask questions, maybe even shadow to see what a typical day is like.
And don't be afraid to cross things off your list. That is still progress.
Your Passion and interests/Skills
Carrer Growth and Stability
Salary / grow richer.
Cost of Education and training
Your Personal Values and Goals
...also you can try the following tool to guide you choose the career path
Explore your interests, envision your future. Use the me3 tool i came across below developed by ASU.
me3® is a simple interactive tool that helps you find a career that fits your interests. me3 guides you through a series of visual choices that reflect your levels of interest in data, things, people and ideas.
Hope this helps!
Good luck for all your future endeavors