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Choosing a Major

Discovering Who You Are


  • What are your dreams?
    • If you can do or be anything in the world without worrying about education or money, what would you do or be?
    • What attracts you to this?
    • What is preventing you from fulfilling that dream?
  • What are your interests?
    • Talk with a career counselor to take an interest inventory.
    • What do you like to do for fun?
    • What do you enjoy reading, studying, and learning about?
  • What are your abilities?
    • What are you good at doing?
    • How are your abilities reflected in your academic courses?
    • What do your grades suggest about your abilities?
    • What are you most proud of achieving? What abilities allowed you to achieve this?
    • What do your friends and family think you are good at doing?
  • What are your values?
    • If you had a million dollars, how would you spend it? What values does this suggest are important to you?
  • What experiences do you have?
    • What do you like about the jobs, activities, and volunteer experiences you have had? What do you not like?

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