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What should I lookout for when looking for a major in college?

I don't have any specific hobbies I'm too involved in, so I'm not too sure what to choose for my major in college. it's still early, but I want to be prepared early.

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Michelle’s Answer

Hello, Joy !

Choosing a major sometimes comes at different times for different people, so try not to feel pressured right now. You will discover something in your own time. I would like to give you some advice to help you alleviate any pressure you may feel about choosing a major.

My first suggestion is to focus on what your favorite subjects in school are and what you get good feedback on, in or out of school. Make a list of things you like and do not like. I wouldn't worry if you still can't choose because part of choosing a major or career is inspiration. You seem to have the motivation but inspiration comes by living daily life. Vary your activities and put yourself in situations in which you meet new people, develop new friendships, read books that you are interested in and something will come to you in your own time.

Secondly, do not let being undecided about a major prevent you from enrolling in college. If you enter college undecided about a major, choose all required courses for your first semester. Being involved with the general education courses like that may present inspiration and provide you with things to consider. We all have that special something to offer and believe it or not, there are people that discover this later in life. As long as you choose jobs that you like, you can do well in the meantime. But it is important to think about your future now as you are doing.

Do not compare yourself with others because that could be a stumbling block. Some people discover their calling when they are a child and some before college and in college or in midlife. Just because friends or family knew what they wanted before college doesn't mean you have to. Also ask yourself what you want to base your choice on - lucrative careers, creative careers, solitary work, work dealing with lots of people, etc..

When you are of the age, apply for a part time job and see how it goes. This is a time to try new things since your current hobbies do not involve you much. You should look for new things that you have basic skills for and develop connections in clubs and extracurricular activities. Working for your school newspaper, being in school plays or chorus, any number of things that will be inspiring and foster interest would be good, but only you can choose what they would be. Even doing volunteer work could spark an idea about what type of work you'd want to do in the future. Inspiration requires involvement sometimes.

So it's not so important that you haven't chosen a major yet, it's what you do about it that really matters. It may take some effort but get involved, ask people about their careers, and enjoy the time you have to explore a future plan.

Best wishes to you !
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Yolanda F ((YOLO))’s Answer

Hi Joy,

I would like to commend you for making a choice to attend college. I think college is a great place to start getting to know you and what you want in life. College will open you up to many opportunities and experiences that you'll find your gifts, desires, and things that motivate you. It is a great learning experience and I would advise you to try real hard to make good choices and never let anyone or things pressure you. Embrace it as you're challenged and push through eventually you find a major that suits you. I never let money motivate me because a lot of people now are doing things in life making money but are miserable. Be encouraged and prayerful! YOU GOT THIS!!!!
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Job’s Answer

There are two issues. First you need to select a major which is in an area that interests you since that will be your educational background and the area you will work in most of your life. Second make a choice that will be financially rewarding to make it worth your time and money spent on attending college.
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Janet’s Answer

Here are some suggestions to help you explore different career paths:

1) The website https://www.bls.gov/k12/students/ is an excellent resource for researching various professions. Particularly, the page https://www.bls.gov/k12/students/careers/career-exploration.htm is full of valuable information about a wide range of jobs, including their requirements, future prospects, salaries, and more.

2) Consider asking adults you know - like family members, your parents, or the parents of your friends - if you could spend a day observing them at their workplace. This could provide you with a real-life glimpse into what certain jobs entail.

3) When choosing a university, opt for one that offers a broad selection of majors. Public universities are often a good choice as they're typically affordable. Most of these institutions don't require you to select a major until your third year. In the meantime, take a variety of general education courses that can count towards your degree. You might find that the subjects you enjoy the most could guide you towards your eventual major.
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