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I start college in the fall, but am undecided about a major. How do I decide?

I really have no idea what I want to do in the future. I will be a college freshman in the fall. Is that a big problem? #undecided #freshmen #college #college-major #academic-advising

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Gloria’s Answer

No, I do not think that it is a problem to start college without 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.

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Julianne’s Answer

As undecided, I would recommend taking classes in a bunch of different areas your first semester (even 2nd semester) so you can get an idea of what you're interested in doing. You should have plenty of time to catch up on the credits you need for your major once you decide.

When I was in college, I was an undecided business major and didn't officially declare my major until my sophomore year and wasn't behind .