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my major and ec's don't correlate?


i have a very strong stem background and basically all my classes and ecs revolve around science and math. but i just decided i want to major in business/stats, is this going to be a huge problem? i know stem background can be useful for business majors but i'm afraid of looking scattered. should i try applying for a stem major and switch later on?


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Business and stats involve a lot of math, so often they're still counted in STEM. If you have a strong STEM background, colleges will see that and it shouldn't affect you in any negative way. It'll probably only positively affect how they look at your application. Every activity you do doesn't have to be focused around what you plan to major in. I plan to major in engineering, and while I have a strong robotics/STEM background from my classes and extracurriculars, I also am very involved in my school's concert and marching band programs. Your application shouldn't look scattered at all, you'll look more well rounded if anything, and you should be fine to apply to business programs.

Agreed! Especially if you are going to the more quantitative side of buisness such as analytics it is no issue. But if you are worried I’m not I’d recomend you establish a “link” such as with a stem background I learned skill x (patience research skills extrapolation etc) and then you talk about how skill x helps you in buisness such as extrapolation helps me to not just use raw data but use it to infer future predictions Extrapolation if you don’t know means using a base infer outcomes
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Yes, it will be a bit difficult for you since you changed your direction. You’re lucky that this transition was not so drastic, from let’s say business to pre-med or stem to journalism where you would have literally no experience to relate to your major. As long as you write about this in your essay and how you changed direction based on what your current interests were at the time, you’ll be okay. Colleges, especially elite ones, just want to see that you have the dedication and drive for a specific major, and even if you change what that might be as long as you show that you had some sort of well-supported path going on you’ll be alright. You can definitely take your math experience and manipulate that to help you with finance/business activities in the future.