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How do you decide which college major you want?

There are so many of them

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Brittany’s Answer

The first year or two of college can be used to find out who you are what you are passionate about. Many of the classes in the first two years are general classes that can count towards most majors. During this time keep your mind open and pay attention to what lights you up! Over next few years try to get real life experience in the fields that spark your interests through internships and volunteering. Reach out to professionals in that industry on LinkedIn and request a short meeting to ask them questions about their career path. Some will not respond but some will be happy to give advice and answer questions. Try not to put too much pressure on yourself as you go through this process and know that you can change your major throughout your college career if you need to. Also know that many people work in jobs and industries that are not 100% aligned to their college major. Life is the greatest teacher, and you will find your way!
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Nancy’s Answer

Hi Alex! A lot of students don't know what they want to major in until after their first or second year of college which is normally OK since the first 2 years tend to be more focused on general studies. Having said that meeting other students and talking to them about what they are majoring in can be helpful. Also, there are many resources available that can help you determine what you could major in or atleast help you narrow it down. Remember it's not uncommon for someone to major in one field in college but end up in another career. For example, I was an IT major but I am not working in the IT field. Also, you can look at the curriculum for different majors and see what sparks your interest.
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Becca’s Answer

Discover something that sparks your curiosity! Reflect on your post-college dreams and seek out subjects that could pave the way to achieving them. However, remember that many professions don't strictly require a specific degree, so immerse yourself in the joy of studying, learning, and personal growth! Internships can often open doors to more opportunities and practical experiences in your chosen field than the degree you select. So, don't hesitate to venture out and explore before you commit to a particular degree. Enjoy the journey!
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Alexis’s Answer

I think the most important thing to remember is that choosing a major isn't a permanent decision. I went to college thinking I was going to be a Computer Science and Math double major. Turns out, I really struggled in Computer Science. I gave it two semesters, but after a lot of tears and discussion with my school guidance counselor, I decided to switch to Math and Econometrics (a branch of economics). College is there to help you explore things that interest you so you can select a major that is a good fit. I would use your first year or two to take a broad range of classes that you are interested in so you can narrow down what you want to study. I always knew Math was my biggest interest, it was really what I wanted to pair my Math degree with. Funnily enough, I then went on to study Statistics for my Master's degree, which was something I hadn't really thought I would like until I met someone at my first job who studied it! You can always change your mind and choose something else or go back for another degree later on in life.
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