How do Seniors Know What They Want to Study?


Senior Jessica Edwards shows off her acceptance notification from the University of Wyoming.

Senior year is often described as the best year of high school. These are the moments just before real life begins. The seniors are off to college in a few months, and some have already been accepted and are ready to start a new chapter in their life. However, there are some who are still deciding on their major. 

College is a big step because it can determine what your future may consist of. One of the hardest decisions could be figuring out what you want to study and where you want to study. Some students have had this in mind their entire lives. They have been prepping for years at this point.

“It wasn’t difficult deciding to do this as I have wanted to do this since middle school but it was difficult deciding where to go for it,” said senior Jessica Edwards, who has already decided to attend the University of Wyoming to pursue her passion in exercise science. 

“I’m studying exercise science to become a physical therapist. I play soccer and I know I’m not going to play in college, but I still wanted to have my life be around athletes. I know being a physical therapist would allow me to do that. I also genuinely wanted [my career] to be extremely rewarding and something I would enjoy doing everyday,” said Edwards.

Leaving home and going your own way can be one of the scariest steps in life, especially if you do not have your mind made up yet. Some students have multiple interests, which can make it hard to settle on one. 

“If you don’t know what you want to study yet, take a lot of electives in high school to get a sense of what you like to do and go with a career that offers those kinds of things,” advises senior Trinity McDowell.

“I don’t really know what I want to do in life. I have multiple interests and it’s hard to pick just one,” said senior Austin Kloss.

“Do what your heart tells you. If you’re passionate about English, excited as you are everyday because you get English class, then maybe English would be a good thing to study,” stated college and career counselor Eric Beers.

What if you are in this situation where you cannot decide on a major? How many students actually stick with one major and how many switch?

“I would guess [at] Air Academy [that] about half have a good idea of what they’re doing, have really loved it for four to five years and kind of solidly know what they want. The other half either don’t know or kind of know but change their mind pretty fast,” said Beers.  

Colorado University of Boulder offers a program called the exploratories program, meaning you do not need to pick a major right away. The program gives you the opportunity and guidance to discover your interest and possible studies at the school. 

There are still eight months left until graduation. There is still time to decide. Explore as much as possible now and even in the first year of college.