By Guest Writer: Chloe Bierut

Chloe participated in a two week shadow program at AKHIA prior to her high school graduation. 

As a current high school senior (only 15 days until graduation!) and future college student, I could not be more excited for the future and all the possibilities it holds. After spending my whole life in a fairly small suburb of Northeastern Ohio, I am thrilled to be attending college in Chicago in the fall. Throughout high school, I spent a lot of my time worrying about choosing a major when I enrolled at a four-year university. Along with that, I and the other students around me felt a sense of urgency to choose a major before we applied to any schools. We wanted to apply to and pick schools that offered the best programs for our intended endeavors, so we all felt the need to pick a major and career path at that moment. This was incredibly stressful, and as time has gone on and I have spoken to others about their strategies for choosing a major, I have come up with a few key strategies to help select a major before college begins.

Take a Variety of Courses- While this kind of seems like a given, I know plenty of people who decided to skip out on elective courses like ceramics, music theory, concert band, economics, and extra writing courses in an effort to take more math and science classes. Though this works for individuals who know they want to be involved in STEM fields, this limitation really hurts those who are undecided on their future plans. By taking these elective courses, I found that I wanted to work in a creative field that involved a lot of writing, and this lead me to declare Advertising/PR as my major going into my first year of college.

Know Your Strong Suits- Personally, I have struggled to enjoy mathematics and sciences throughout the entirety of my high school education. Knowing this allowed me to stray from majors that would take me on a path towards a degree that involved either subject, and I was able to pick a major more closely aligned with my interests of writing and communications.

Look to Those Around You- A big part of choosing my major involved looking at what others around me do for a living. In combination with my distaste for math and science, hearing about my father’s job as a civil engineer assured me that I really had no interest in STEM careers. On the contrary, after listening to my brother speak about his writing job within the film industry, I knew I wanted a career where I could think creatively, as well. Take a look at the career those that are around you are involved in and see for yourself if you feel a strong draw to those occupations.

Take a Quiz –Finally, taking an online quiz like this one can get you thinking about a major that is right for you. Whether the results seem totally on point or way off base, they will give you some idea of what major may potentially fit well for you.

What are your tips for choosing a major?