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  • Writer's pictureBrian Harke

A Major Choice!

Updated: May 24

According to Dr. Brian Harke, a life coach for students, declaring a major can be daunting for many students. Students panic when they hear others declare their major. It doesn’t have to be this way.


Declaring a major is generally not required until the end of your sophomore year at most four-year colleges. This liberates you to try classes and explore your interests before deciding. It's a time to relax and delve into new subjects. You will gain valuable insights. However, some fields and programs may require early commitment to ensure timely graduation, so discussing your exploration plan with a life coach, counselor or academic advisor is wise.

Dr. Brian Harke suggests that to pick a major, it's crucial to reflect on what you enjoy doing. For instance, jot down 10 activities you love and assess your strengths and weaknesses. For example, if public speaking isn't your thing, avoid majors that could lead to careers like news anchor or spokesperson. Instead, take your weaknesses and build on them in college.


Connect your interests to majors and careers and conduct informational interviews with working professionals. Faculty is a great place to start. This process of self-reflection and information gathering will equip you to make an informed choice.

Lastly, consider your career goals and the job market. Discuss with advisers and professionals to get more information about college majors and program offerings. Remember, you are not alone in this process. Numerous resources are available to support you in making this important decision.


The best advice I can give you is not to stress picking a major. You have ample time to decide. You are not alone in this journey. Life coaches, Guidance Counselors, College Advisors, and faculty members are there to provide guidance and information about majors. Good Luck!

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