A few days ago

How did you figure out your college major?

What made you choose what you chose?

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since you’re required to do prereqs in different areas it gives you a chance to see what you’re interested in and good at. my freshman year i declared my major in biology. that quickly changed when i finished up my prereqs and found myself enjoying psychology and women’s studies/sociology. that’s when i changed my major and started working on my upper division courses and was able to graduate with two degrees in 5 years. you’ll figure it out. i’ve known people that have changed their majors 3+ times and still graduated within 4 years.

A few days ago
“The Longer view sharpens, the shorter view.” If you know where you want to be in 5 to 20 years, it will be easier to choose a major, because the major will be related to what you are in 5 to 10 years.

If you dont know what you want to be and cant see the long view. Ask yourself these questions:

“If you were given a pill, that guarenteed you success in any field what would it be?” Dream big and do not limit yourself. Now this is one of the things that you deeply want but are possibley too scared to chase, but this is what you should be doing because you want to be doing it the most.

The farther you look down the road of your life, the more successful you will be. This has been proven in a Harvard study in the study of what makes people successful. They found that the upperclass has a long term view, up to the end of their lives, while the lower lower class like the bum on the street only thinks up to 5 minutes into the future. They only think of the next shot or where they are going to sleep tonight, not in a week.

The one thing you should fear is choosing a major that will do nothing for you. This is the biggest rob of time. Spending time and effort, and money which takes time to get, on something that will not change your life much or as much as another course. Be aware of this.

Another questions: You wont like this question (atleast I dont), but it will give you more of a plan in life and what you need to do right now.

At your death, what do you want people to say about you and if the person speaking tells everyone your lifestory, how would it play out.

Also Remember that when you see something and completley believe in yourself, it becomes a reality. For example, if you see yourself as a genius and completley believe your are geniue—this will eventually become your reality. So go confidently towards your goal.

Dont choose a course for what it will do now but what it will do for you in 5 years or the rest of your life. If you major in art history, I doubt it will do anything for you and it will be a waste of your life, which is priceless.


A few days ago
I started by doing what everyone seems to do, which is find a career that I could be successful in. Which lead me down the usual paths, mostly business. But none of those classes appealed to me.

So I looked at, what I actually wanted to study, what I enjoyed and then chose my major that way. My thinking was, and this turned out to be true, pick something you love and you’ll find your way later.

Too many people who mean well (ie. parents and friends) will tell you to be practical and pick a career so you’ll have a nice, comfortable life. But all the people I know who did that are miserable in their jobs now.

So the short answer is, pick the subject that interests you and worry about the rest later.


A few days ago
Think of things you are interested in and locate careers that use those skills and activities. One good resource is the Occupational Handbook http://www.bls.gov/oco/ it covers everything from the typical day, to educational requirements and job outlook.

Don’t get too worked up, your 1st year you will be taking Core/General Education requirements that will allow you to get a feel for different subject areas. I changed my major my junior year and graduated only 1 semester later than I should have.


A few days ago
I actually just decided on Biology.(with a minor in Psychology and maybe Literature)

I was always good at science classes, and loved the Biology class i had in high school. I looked through the catalog, and this major had the most classes that made me excited.

I had trouble deciding at first, because i also like English and Psychology, but i can minor in them.

You just have to give yourself time to think about it. You can always change your mind. I know someone who’s changed her major like, 4 times.