By Jennifer Hollis
Rutgers University–New Brunswick
No idea what you want to pursue in college? Have so many interests you can’t pick just one? Don’t worry, there are colleges where “undecided” is the most popular major among first-year students!
There are plenty of colleges where you can be undecided or undeclared upon admission. Typically, you will take core classes that allow you to explore various subjects and see which ones spark your interests. Often it is not until the end of your sophomore year that you’ll need to decide on a major. You will have plenty of time to figure out who you really are and what you really want.
If you're undecided, you will likely want to look for a college that will give you a lot of choices in terms of majors and minors. You may even be able to combine multiple interests with multiple majors and/or minors. There is much more variety in college compared to high school, so don’t be afraid to take classes in multiple areas; you may discover a passion for something that was only a passing interest before or that you didn’t even know existed.
Resources abound to help you make your decision when the time comes. Most colleges have career centers or career services offices that can provide a vast array of resources. These resources aren’t just for those in their senior year about to graduate; they can be very helpful from your first week on campus in exploring possible interests and careers. Many colleges even have classes that are designed to help you explore major options. There are academic advisers available for guidance as well.
It is becoming increasingly difficult to predict what life will be like in 20 years, or what careers will be in demand. You should consider seeking an education that will empower you for success and allow you to design your own future in our rapidly changing society and economy. The Association of American Colleges and Universities did an online survey of employers and found that 93 percent of them agree that candidates’ demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems is more important than their undergraduate major. There are a lot of jobs that allow a broad range of degrees, or simply require any college degree.
Embrace your uncertainty and trust the process of discovery! There are colleges that will enable you to explore your academic and career interests, and help you eventually find a path that feels perfect for you.