What You Should Major In, If You Don’t Know What You Want to Do

A friend of mine started majoring in architecture with me and left the following comment on one of my recent videos:

“As a person who went into architecture school (with Drew actually), knew what the profession was, and realized two years in that it wasn’t for me, I learned that architecture school can help you find yourself. It’s a nice intersection of a lot of things in the professional world. That being said, if you think you need out, make sure you do it at the right time. Make sure you got what you went there for if that’s at all attainable. For me, it instilled a very close connection to social science and design theory, which might sound weird. But my interest in social behavior (what I study now) started with me trying to figure out large building flow charts in architecture school. If I hadn’t learned about that, I would not be where I am now, heading into a doctorate program in information science.

Talk to people in your program. Talk to your professors about your plans. Talk to the architects that show up to your critiques about your interests. They’ll tell you what they think and whether those goals are attainable on your current path. It will help. Whatever you do, don’t isolate yourself in fear of judgment.”

If you 1. have no idea what you want to do, 2. are not afraid to work really hard, and 3. can financially afford it….You should consider majoring in architecture.

Casey Neistat tells people that if they do not know what they want to do, they should do something they hate. I think architecture is also an good option, because it touches on so many different topics including ones you will love and ones you will hate. It will give you the taste of something you like AND it will prepare you by improving several skills you can use in any field, like design abilities, critical thinking, work ethic, etc.

(I recognize that “doing something you hate” is drastically cheaper than majoring in architecture. But I know that a lot of young people feel pressured by their parents to go to college regardless. If you are going there anyway and feel completely indifferent to what you major in, don’t waste several years floundering around between easy majors. Grab life by the horns and figure out what you want to do.)

Drew Paul Bell (of http://www.DrewPaulBell.com)


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