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What is some advice to someone who has an undecided major?

I am currently undecided and have done a few internships through pharmacy and physical therapy, but am still unsure. #undecided #college #college-major #academic-advising

Thank you comment icon Try out a vast variety of freshman courses, do some research online, and you should have a general idea! You can also do more internships and ask professionals in the field until you get a general gist of your favorite career. Aaron
Thank you comment icon Hi Lilly! Being undeclared in college is not the end of the world. Undeclared major actually gives you a broader and more vast array of future majors to choose from. For the status quo, you can always think about what you have a passion for, and I know that it sounds cheesy to say that; however, if you think of a course in high school that you take or have taken that you really enjoyed learning, then I recommend considering that. Ramtin

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Gwendolyn’s Answer

Hi Lilly, I understand it can be overwhelming to pick one major and stick with it. That's a major decision! It looks like you are on the right path by completing internships in your interested fields. I learned so much from my internships while in college. In fact, I learned that I didn't want to stick with my first career choice because of a job I had! I think if you keep proactively participating in the activities related to those fields it should help you narrow down your decision. Perhaps you should also join clubs or groups related to those careers so that you can get advice from your peers in those majors. Try going to your university's student center to see if there are any clubs that relate. You could also seek out adults who are working in those fields (professors?) to serve as mentors...they could really tell you all the good and bad based on their experiences. I hope this helps a little and best wishes!

Gwendolyn recommends the following next steps:

Join a club related to your potential major
Find a mentor in your interested field
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Gloria’s Answer

I actually knew my major when I went to college at 18. I did not graduate with that major. I wanted to write so I chose Journalism as a major. I even chose my university based on that major. However, I did not consider how competitive a project like that would be. So when you look at majors, learn as much as you can about what having that major entails. Consider majors that appeal to you. Unless the job that you want would benefit from a specific college, I would say choose a college based on its overall benefits, not just based on a major.
Since you are just starting your college experience, you should not feel a lot of pressure to decide on a major just yet. Most of your major work is done during your junior and senior year. I would suggest that you work hard on the general courses that you need to take at your university – English, History, Math, etc. I would also recommend that you challenge yourself with the elective courses that you take. If you do not really know what you want to major in, you should start to look in places where you have never looked. Take the elective that you don’t even know what it is. That will expose you to new experiences that may catch your attention. Or you may find that something you don’t think would be a good major is actually what you want to do. You should not be afraid of majors where you are not quite sure what you will do with it as a job. I ended up graduating with what is the equivalent of a Liberal Arts degree at a lot of universities. And what do I do? I am an Instructional Designer.
I learned what my strengths were through working. I didn’t know that I would end up being a Learning and Development professional when I started doing data entry at a credit card company. There I found out I can explain to people how to do their jobs in a way that helped them learn fast. Also consider volunteering with various organizations. That can expose you to different roles, help you find your strengths, and help you to build a network outside of those you find in your every day life.
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