What if I don’t know what I’m interested in?

Nicole Manges
"I am interested in..." series. Exploring ways you can translate your interests into college majors.

In this “I am interested in…” series, we are exploring ways you can translate your interests into college majors. But what if you don’t know what you’re interested in? Never fear: We have a tool to help you narrow down your options.

Introducing Huntington University’s Find Your Match quiz! Simply read each statement that appears on your screen, then select the Agree or Disagree button based on your preference. At the end of the quiz, we’ll show you what your results tell you about your interests and suggest majors to consider based on your results.   

The joy of taking a quiz like this is that you may discover something completely unexpected. Even if you have an idea of what you want to study, this quiz could reinforce that what you are thinking is the right direction for you.

Take the quiz, then chat with an admissions counselor about your results! They would be happy to connect you with more resources to learn about majors that could suit your interests.

In the meantime, here are two additional things to consider when it comes to choosing a major:

You can change your mind. You likely know at least one person who changed their major at least once during college (and if you don’t, check out this podcast episode featuring HU alumna Breanna Burkle, who changed her major multiple times and still managed to graduate in four years!). Not everyone changes their major, but it is certainly a common occurrence.

The good news is that you are not locked into your first choice. If you aren’t sure what to major in, it may be that you simply haven’t found the right interest yet. Don’t be afraid to wait to declare your major or change your mind if you discover a new interest midway through the year. You don’t have to have everything figured out the day you step foot on campus! Feel free to take the Find Your Match quiz again if you think your interests have changed.

Your major is only one aspect of your education. The major you choose is important, but it is not always as important as you might think. Around the time I chose my own college major, I had a conversation with a medical doctor (a specialist, in fact). To my surprise, he told me that he was a theatre major in college. Years later, he still performed in civic theatre. Amazing, right?

But here’s the kicker: When he was working toward his bachelor’s degree in theatre, he already knew he wanted to be a doctor.

“I knew I was going to have to study all of the science and medical stuff in med school,” he told me. “Before that, I was going to have some fun.”

Of course, there were prerequisite science classes he had to take to qualify for med school. But as long as he took those classes, he knew he was free to study and earn a degree in whatever he wanted. The important thing was that in the end he had a bachelor’s degree.

Some professions will want you to have a specific major in order to pass a certification exam. But many others are more interested in the fact that you have a degree and are willing to learn new skills on the job. A degree from an accredited university tells employers that you are willing to work hard to achieve a goal, that you are someone who is interested in learning new things. Your hard work and willingness to learn are going to be the skills that get you the farthest in the long run.

So, even if you don’t know what you are interested in studying yet, at least be someone who is interested in learning. Take classes, talk with mentors, and try new things. When you’re ready, pick a major that catches your attention — but always be willing to learn.

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Nicole Manges