4 years ago
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What were tools you used to narrow down your major search?

As a Junior, what were some ways you used to figure out what to choose as your major? Were there any online tools? How many people did you talk to or interview?

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4 years ago

I am a rising senior who was originally interested in STEM but not sure where to go from there. I constantly changed my mind on a weekly basis from physics to chemistry to materials engineering to electrical engineering to chemical engineering. It was a mess. So, what I did was first look up videos online. I found a really good one relating to STEM by a channel called "Zach Star". That channel alone helped me narrow down my majors to three: physics, electrical engineering, and materials engineering.

At this point, I decided to find Linkedin profiles of current students and former graduates of college in my majors. I messaged them and asked about what they do as a career, how their major helped them do that, or how they are doing in college, what internships it got them, etc. The person who most inspired me and made me feel like "that's what I want to do" was someone who did Physics in college and worked at Tesla.

So based on that experience and some research about job sustainability in general, I settled on a physics major with a potential minor in environmental science...

4 years ago

So figure out what you are interested in and see if your work ethic matches with that

I’m pretty arguementitive and detail oriented but I’m not interested in being a lawyer as I’m very impatient.

Also if you know of a major your not sure about a lot of schools publish a “syallbus” of what is covered in that class.

Interviewing is to me atleast not super helpful as you aren’t that person instead ask them for a job description/their duties.


Go the the hyperlink for mymajors this is a very good resource when I used it it guessed 6/10 majors I’ve looked into and 3 others were ones I have discarded due to a combo of factors and the other I don’t want to do as a career (history) so IMO it is very accurate.

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4 years ago

In deciding my major, I talked to my parents, my counselors, and used the internet. Literally, if you look up “choosing a major” you’ll find tons of resources to help you choose a major. Also, think about what you want to be after college, that can help you choose a major.

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