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Choosing an intended major?

Hey! So I'm applying to colleges soon and I was wondering how important it is for me to choose an intended major. If I'm undecided about what I want to study, will that negatively impact my admissions chances? How do I go about choosing the right major for me?

7 months ago

Hey there! It's totally normal to be uncertain about your intended major at this point. Remember, many students change their majors at least once during college, so it's not a binding decision. That being said, having a clear idea of your academic interests can give your application a sense of focus and show colleges your potential to excel in a specific field.

Being undecided won't necessarily hurt your chances, but demonstrating a clear passion can help your essays and extracurriculars stand out. Think about the subjects you've enjoyed most in high school, activities you've been involved in, and any personal interests or hobbies that align with certain majors. Research different majors and the career opportunities they offer, as well as the requirements and coursework. This can give you a better sense of what you might want to explore in college.

If you're still undecided, consider applying to colleges which have flexible curriculums or offer pathways to help students explore various fields early in their college experience. Some schools encourage students to take courses across different disciplines before declaring their major, which is an excellent opportunity to discover your interests.

Remember, choosing an intended major on your application helps shape your narrative and offers insights into your academic passions. You'll have the chance to explore and change your mind in college if needed. Best of luck with your applications!

7 months ago

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