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I don't know what I want to major in College

Well I first started college and had many ups and downs. I met a teacher who was a Child Development teacher and she was the best professor I ever had. I decided to major in Child Development. After that I worked with children from babies to High Schoolers. I figured out I don't have the patience for them and just dislike children. So I took a break from school and decided to go to a Junior College and take my General Education Courses and transfer. So I decided to take up Advertising. One day the professor ripped up my paper and said I didn't do the Print Ad the way she wanted. Remind you first ever Advertising course I ever took. So I decided to go into Graphic Design. I was in for a rude awakening it was required to take a beginning drawing class. I couldn't draw even if I tried and I'm not that great at Photoshop or the computer much. So now I'm lost about what I should major in college. I love to communicate with others. I hate math, chemistry, biology, and dealing with customer service. I love to have a career where I can enjoy it and not be bored and excites me. Please help me I'm lost. #college #graphics #professionals #oral-communication

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Jaclyn’s Answer

Are you looking for career advice or advice on what to choose for a major (or both?) If you are unsure what to choose as a major, my advice would be to pick something as general as possible i.e. Communications, Marketing, Liberal Arts, etc. Don't worry too much about your major, because unless you're looking to go into something very specific (i.e. teaching or pre-med) you can get away with obtaining a BA or BS in pretty much anything. As for career advice, it's very difficult to figure out "what you want to do" at such a young age, and many people don't ever figure it out! Don't put so much pressure on yourself or base your career decisions on how you did in certain classes. Once you graduate, reach out to a few people who work in careers you may possibly be interested in and ask them for informational interviews or if you could job shadow them. Conversations and experience like that is really the best way to figure out which direction you want to head. Good luck!

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Rachel’s Answer

<span style="background-color: transparent;">Collegeboard.org is a great resource for this! I poured through the pages of universities all over the U.S. when I was a senior in high school. Collegeboard was my go-to site! They put all of the information in one place and it is very easy to use. They even have various filters you can apply to see only colleges that have programs you are interested. To determine academic rigor, look at the admissions requirements, G.P.A. of past admitted applicants, SAT/ACT scores, class rank etc. This will give you an idea of what scores and grades you need to be accepted. However, don't be discouraged your application will be reviewed based on the full picture! College-board will help you get an idea of what is most important to the specific school you are applying to.</span>

This professional recommends the following next steps:

  • <span style="background-color: transparent;">Chat with your Guidance Counselor</span>
  • <span style="background-color: transparent;">Create a Collegeboard.org account</span>
  • <span style="background-color: transparent;">Start using CollegeBoard as a resource to look up schools.</span>

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Jeffrey’s Answer

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Choosing a major in college can make a big impact on your career ahead of you. But there's no need to rush into it. Take your time when making this decision.

I originally chose Psychology as my major freshman year. After contemplating if I would enjoy the career path, I decided I didn't want to study Pyschology after all. I always enjoyed studying how the brain reacts to certain stimulants and how people interact with each other (sociology), but I knew I would need a more usable degree in the real world.

I chose to study business because I knew I wanted to interact with people and learn how people interacted with each other when working as a team. Studying business also gave me many more career options than Psychology.

You have to think about what you are truly passionate about. When you discover that passion, come up with a list of occupations that you can link your passion to. Narrow down that list and decide which industries you would be most interested in.

You will have a starting point (degree choice) and a destination (career path). The driving force to carry you through college and your career will be your passion.

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Michelle’s Answer

I work in the banking industry and strongly would suggest majoring in fields where you could land a banking job. If you are great with computers they I recommend leaning towards an education background that teaches you how to develop computer code. That field is in very high demand and the salary for that profession is awesome.

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Jessica’s Answer

Well, choosing your major is not easy by any means. When you can't decided, start with what you like doing on your free time or what you enjoyed most in high school. If you don't like drawing, what made you look into Graphic design? Now for what you don't like, my suggestion would be to go into something that can be used just about anywhere you go, business major. Learning business skills will give you the basic tools you'll need to find a career with a company that will excite you.

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Mia’s Answer

Hi lostaboutlife

First, if I can suggest please change your name to something else than"lostaboutlife". I believe words have power so each time someone addresses you they are confirming it by saying "lostaboutlife". Secondly lost people don't find their way to college; you have a lot going for yourself in life.
Have you ever considered social work or even psychology? They both require you to communicate with others , which you said you enjoy. For sure you will not become bored or rich as a social worker but the work could be very awarding.

So Miss "iamonmywaytogreatness", I hope this helps!!!