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How do I decide what I want to major in, if I have varied interests in multiple fields?

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I am interested in many different fields of study and I don't know how I decide on what I actually want to study in college and I feel that I should try to figure out a basis for what I want to do, considering I am in the college application process. #college #major #indecisive #thoughts #careeroptions

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Hi, Arianna! Congratulations on becoming involved in the college application process - you have so many opportunities ahead of you! Choosing a college major can be overwhelming, especially when interested in various fields. If possible, I would recommend talking to professionals with careers of interest to you. Whether you post specific questions on this site or reach out to individuals in your area - ask them what they do on a day-to-day basis and how they got to where they are. Additionally, I've found personality tests to be useful in pinpointing certain characteristics often found in particular careers. Below I've posted a link to a free personality test that breaks down career paths and workplace habits based on your type.

Good luck with your research and know that it is okay to enter into college as undeclared! I wasn't sure what career I would pursue when I first started as a freshman, so my adviser placed me in a variety of classes. In doing so, I was able to slowly narrow down what I found interesting and what I preferred to leave in the classroom. In the end, I changed my major multiple times before landing on a Business major at the end of my Sophomore year!

https://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test

Hi, Micayla! Thanks for your answer above! Choosing a major is a really difficult decision to make. I just had a couple extra questions for you if you'd be willing to share some more about this! 1.) Are there any career-related resources at colleges that a student could utilize once they are admitted, so that they can continue to try to pinpoint a good major? 2.) When do colleges usually require that majors be declared? Thank you so much! Alexandra C.
Hi, Alexandra! Many universities have departments dedicated entirely to selecting majors and, in turn, pursuing careers. Typically, majors are declared by the end of Sophomore year; however, depending on your major, some tracks require that you begin taking classes at the start of freshmen year to graduate on time - for example, most science and engineering tracks. If you are unsure of what you want to do, I would recommend taking core classes (classes required for all majors) to buy yourself a little extra time. This way, you are still fulfilling graduation requirements. I would also suggest visiting the websites of universities you are interested in to research their career centers - find out what resources are available to you! Good luck and happy researching! Micayla Strickland
Hi Alexandra, I highly recommend using this site for reference too! https://80000hours.org/ Alice Lai
Thank you, Micayla and Alice! Alexandra C.
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