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What do I major in? - June 24th 2009, 04:15 AM

For the last year, I've been telling people and myself that I'm majoring in Biology. Now that I'm actually starting college in August, I'm seriously having second thoughts. I'm not that great at science and math classes. English and social studies come much easier for me. I actually had a very nice senior year, class-wise, since I didn't have to take math. I made straight As for the first time. I'm sure that I could do decently if I put a lot of effort into it, but I don't know if it's worth it to work my ass off to major in something I'm only semi-interested in.

My family isn't really pressuring me to do anything specific, but I did get a lot of praise when I said that I was thinking about something in the medical field. I don't know what I want to do as a career, but I really don't want to be a teacher. I don't know of anything I could do with a degree in English or some kind of history that doesn't involve teaching. Any wisdom from other THers?
   
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Re: What do I major in? - June 24th 2009, 10:14 AM

What about doing Historical Research?
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Re: What do I major in? - June 24th 2009, 08:34 PM

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Re: What do I major in? - June 24th 2009, 08:54 PM

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How on earth does psychologist fit in there? By researcher, I'm assuming you mean one that requires less science?

For the history, there is a good amount of research for that without doing teaching. For english, without teaching, your best bets would be journalism, creative writing, etc... . There is a rather large field for history without teaching but for English, aside from writing, there isn't much I know of.

What you can do is take an intro 1st year course in biology and see how much you like it. If you find that part-way through you're struggling too much or it isn't for you, then you can drop the course.
   
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Re: What do I major in? - June 24th 2009, 09:52 PM

Your major doesn't have to be the area that comes easiest to you. Even if you're not as great at science and math as you are at english and history, you can still major in the sciences and succeed and get a good job. It all comes down to what you WANT to do. As long as you put in the effort, you'll do fine even if it's not your naturally strongest area.

With that said, it's not really that important to know your major as soon as you start college. You can declare it to be whatever you'd like. Most college students change majors at least once. My suggestion would be to actually take a biology CLASS your first semester regardless of what you declare your major to be. If you like it and think you can be successful, then you can continue on in that major. But also take some other classes in other areas.

You might find that there are subjects you didn't even think about that you would love to do and would be great at. And you might find that you're better at science and math in a college setting than you were in high school. You won't know for sure until you try.


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Re: What do I major in? - June 24th 2009, 11:20 PM

Thanks, everyone. I'll definitely take a biology class to see how I feel about it. I took AP Biology and really enjoyed it, it's more the math that I'm concerned about. I'll give it a chance though. I'll also look into history. I hadn't thought about historical research before.
   
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Re: What do I major in? - June 24th 2009, 11:32 PM

You like history? How about an anthropology major, maybe something like paleontology, or archeology. There are SO many possibilities that you could follow.




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Re: What do I major in? - June 24th 2009, 11:41 PM

I'm going to be a freshman at university this fall as well and went through the same sort of thing. Except it was at the beginning of gr.12 where I really thought I wanted to go into sciences and then wasn't sure what to do. Right now I'm going to take International Studies. There are lots of different tracks that you can take within that major as well. You could go more towards the political side, development side or even teaching english as a second language. I always liked socials and history classes as well so I thought this could be a good fit. =D Good Luck in whatever you end up choosing.
   
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Re: What do I major in? - June 25th 2009, 05:03 PM

Choosing a major is almost always a tough decision to make. Why? There are just so many influences out there - between friends, parents, siblings, teachers, and simply society in general. I have to admit, I have contemplated many different majors simply because 'they look good and would get me a lot of recognition.'

Looking back during the time that I had adopted that mentality, I realize that it was a mistake. You shouldn't do something just because other people want you to do it or because you feel that it's 'the right thing to do'. I know how people can be very influential, believe me.

What do you like to do? No, I'm not asking what you're good at, I'm asking what you like to do. Sometimes something you like to do is not necessarily the same as what you're good at - and that's okay! When it comes to choosing a major, you want to choose something you're interested in as opposed to something that you're good at but don't particularly enjoy.

I can definitely relate to this. I excel in business courses and have received many awards for business-like things. Thus, many people (including my parents) told me that I should get into business. However, I don't find business particularly interesting nor could I really see myself in that field. I'm much more interested in Psychology and Philosophy - which will most likely be my majors in university, as opposed to business, which I'm 'good at'.

Does that make sense? All in all, I'm trying to tell you that the major you pick should be something that you enjoy rather than what you're good at or what other people want you to pick.

In terms of what you could do in that field? I'll list a few: Anthropology, Creative Writing, English, Art History, Archaeology, Philanthropy, Philosophy, History, Humanities, Social Sciences, General Arts, etc. Keep in mind that there is almost always the option to double major or perhaps have a major and do a minor as well.

Ultimately you need to do what you feel is best for you. This is a very important time in your life; it's the time when you have to make very important decisions. You're going to have to live with the career/field of study that you choose for the rest of your life. With that said though, keep in mind that you can always change your major even once in university. Apparently, the average university student changes his/her major 3-4 times during the course of their undergraduate career.

Good luck with everything.


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