With so many majors to choose from, picking what you study is harder than picking what you wear. Fortunately we’re here to offer a little guidance:
1. Try a little of everything. The beauty of not knowing what your major should be is that you can sample everything: music, history, math, English, whatever. Think of them as appetizers to your eventual main dish. Just make sure these classes cover some of your general requirements.
2. Seek advice. Before you rush into making a choice, talk to your academic advisor, other professors, your parents, and peers. Take their suggestions into account and make a mental chart of the pros and cons of each plan. Just ask Isaac Newton, who said he was successful because he stood on the shoulders of giants, listening to those who came before him. Or don’t ask Isaac Newton. Obviously.
3. Choose what you love. If you still can’t make a decision, think about what you love. Do you spend a lot of time listening to or playing music? Is your nose always in a book? Get a thrill out of crunching numbers? Trust your gut, follow your passion, and you won’t make the wrong choice.
4. Think about what you want to do after you graduate. Because let’s face it: college is supposed to prepare you for a job. Think about your field of study. Then think about what kind of jobs it might prepare you for. If none of those jobs are something you’d want to make a career out of, then you’re studying the wrong thing.