What To Do When You're Undecided
Last updated January 6, 2020
Still haven't decided what you want to study? Not a problem! Here's what you can do to help decide what major to take. Ask yourself these four questions and then read on:
- What do you love?
- What are you good at?
- What does the world need?
- What can get you paid?
Focus on all of the options you have
Use your freshmen year as your time to explore. There are so many different areas of study to check out in college. Although it might be overwhelming at first, in time you’ll find the perfect major for you. Use this time to take as many different classes in areas of interest as you can before you declare a major at the end of sophomore year.
Narrow your choices
You know yourself better than anyone else. If there’s a subject in school you don’t like, don’t pick it as a major. Create a list of classes or clubs you enjoy and a list of the ones you don’t. Once you’ve eliminated the subjects you don’t like, you’ll have a more narrow focus on areas to explore. College will be a more enriching experience if you pick a major that sparks your interest.
Pay attention to your strengths
You may not know what your strengths are yet, but once you start taking classes and seeing your grades go up, you’ll get a better idea. If you are doing well in a subject, even if you never tried it before, it may be time to delve deeper into that study because you just might like it.
Meet with professors in departments of interest
As you use this time to explore different subjects, you will also meet a lot of professors. Once you realize what potential majors you want to dive into, start meeting with professors from those departments. Professors are great resources for you to get insight on your prospective major. They can also help guide you toward the major that makes the most sense to you.