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What should I major in art or business?

I am stuck between two majors finance and animation. I also want to double major in CS. I love art and it is more of an impulsive decision than business it makes more sense because I want to go into the mortgage industry.

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Kiran’s Answer

Which classes you took that excited you the most? Was there a project you worked on that made you forget about timelines and grades, and instead, focused more on the experience? Perhaps reflecting on these experiences will help you choose a career path. Chasing a higher salary alone may not keep you motivated; instead, focusing on what genuinely interests you and continuously learning new technologies to stay relevant can lead to better career growth overall. Even if it takes longer to achieve your financial goals, enjoying the work you do can greatly enhance your career journey.
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Cassidy’s Answer

I think you should major in business. It is going to help you in the career you choose to pursue and you can always take animation/art classes for fun on the side.
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Adelina’s Answer

Many students are undecided about their major, myself included when I was younger, so please know that you are not alone. You have already made a first good step in asking for advice. When I enrolled in university studies, I started majoring in one subject I loved in high school, but found out the hard way that it was a total game changer in college. Here's what I did that I recommend you do (and got me to graduate successfully!): 1. Find students majoring in ALL of the majors that you are interested in, and ask them about the major, and if they can tell you who you can go to for more advice. 2. Talk with an academic advisor specializing in EACH of the majors that you are interested in. 3. Find MORE professionals you can talk with, by email, phone, or in person, that you can talk about your career options; there might be career options that are linked to all the areas of studies that you are interested in, you never know! 4. Find out if you can take RELATED courses from ALL the majors you are interested in, preferably at a lower level, that you can still use to fulfill overall graduation requirements. You may be surprised how many courses there are; your academic advisors should guide you with that. 5. Be careful not to overload yourself, for instance, if double majoring becomes too much. Consider minoring instead, or consider studying part time. It took me two more years to complete my Bachelor's because of studying part time, but it was worth it. And 6. The more people you talk to, including friends and family, the more they can help you make informed choices. Good luck and best wishes!
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Jerel’s Answer

Hi Ari! It's great that you are exploring your options and trying to figure out which major to choose. It's a big decision, and it's totally normal to feel a bit stuck or torn between different choices.

First of all, it's important to remember that there is no one "right" choice when it comes to choosing a major. Ultimately, what matters most is that you choose something that you are passionate about and that will help you reach your goals.

Based on what you've shared, it sounds like you have a real love for art and animation. That's fantastic! Pursuing a career in animation could be a really rewarding path for you, and it could lead to some amazing opportunities to express your creativity and work on exciting projects.

On the other hand, you've also mentioned an interest in finance and the mortgage industry. It's great that you are thinking about your future and considering how your choice of major might impact your career prospects down the line.

One thing to keep in mind is that there are many different ways to get involved in the mortgage industry, and not all of them require a specific major. For example, you could major in art or animation and still work in the mortgage industry in a design or marketing role. Or, you could major in finance and use your skills to work as a financial analyst for a mortgage company.

Ultimately, the decision of whether to major in art or business is up to you. I would encourage you to think about your long-term goals, and try to choose a major that will help you get there. Consider what you are passionate about, what you are good at, and what kind of career you envision for yourself in the future.

Remember, you can always change your major or pivot your career later on if you find that your interests or goals shift over time. So don't stress too much about making the "perfect" choice right now. Just focus on choosing something that feels right for you, and trust that you will be able to figure things out as you go along. Good luck!
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Aditya’s Answer

Many careers in finance do not have a major requirement. I would suggest majoring in what you are interested in - it can often be a factor of contention in between two different candidates in a finance-related interview and being able to talk about your genuine passions/interests is always a strong suit. I would only urge doing this if you are confident that you can learn finance related skills through different organizations at your school and can develop a network through outreach and connections!
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Viha’s Answer

This is a great question and one that many struggle with - finance is a great major to pair with CS, and can open up a ton of career options. Additionally many schools offer really built out art programs as well as art-centric extracurriculars that you could participate in. If you want to go into the mortgage industry, I would also recommend finding real estate extracurriculars / academic programs to learn more about the industry. I took Real Estate Finance as a sophomore and it was a very helpful course!

That being said many successful finance careers originate from non-business careers. Your major does not define your college experience - pick whatever you will have the most fun with, as long as you can craft a meaningful story for certain job interviews!
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