What Should You Major In?
By: Zoe Samuel
About This Quiz
You're smart and ambitious, and you're going to college come what may! But what should you major in to best keep your studies interesting, and set you up for the life you want? Take this quiz to find out!
Do you love money?
No, but I need to make a good living
Are you good with your hands?
Do you play well with others?
Only if they are also educated
Yes if there's a structure around us
Do you suffer fools gladly?
If sticking to your family background is important, what is that background?
Lawyers, designers, writers
How are you with numbers?
What sort of smart are you?
Are you willing to move for the right job?
What is academia to you?
The worst sort of pretentious misery
Good for a short period of time
What's a company you admire?
Whose career would you like to have?
When you give your prize acceptance speech to the mirror (as we all do), what prize is it for?
A humanitarian prize for giving back to my community
Do you want a lot of time off?
No, but I like predictable hours.
I want to be flexible even if I work hard.
I want a portfolio career where I have time off to write and travel but also work very hard.
I like to work in spurts, going nuts when there's a project and taking it easier between.
What's your greatest fear in your ideal profession?
Not maintaining the health I need for it
Not finding sustainable work
Not making a huge pile of money
What's heaven to you?
Nerds. Geeks. Boffins, as the British call them. They're my peeps.
Getting down and dirty and building something that lasts
Brainstorming new ideas with my peers
Seeing a product take the market by storm
What social ill would you like to help fix?
Low quality of life despite hard work
Who would bore you to be around every day?
Are you a philosopher?
You have to be, once you reach the top of my profession
I am, but in a practical sort of way
I am all philosopher. Or am I? Am I even here?
Ain't nobody got time for that
Do you like it when there's a right and wrong answer?
Yes, but I like when no one knows what it is yet.
I don't. I like figuring out systems that produce multiple answers that are right or wrong depending on the circumstances.
I like it, but only when there's several of each.
Do you want to spend a lot of money on your degree, if it'll bear returns?
It won't bring me returns so it's just something I'll do for me, if at all.
What percentage nerd are you?
What's a good reason to travel?
Do you think laterally?
I do lateral and linear as needed.
Lateral is my great strength.
Are you good at self-motivation?
Do you mind whether other people understand what you do?
Not at all. It's super arcane.
Yes, what I do should be self-explanatory.
I don't mind but I do wish they wouldn't think they know it, or that there's nothing to know.
I only mind because I have to work with them somtimes.
Do other people value what you would like to do?
They don't understand it enough to value it sometimes.
They do, but only when it's not done well do they realize how much.
What I want to do is very under-appreciated.
They worship or loathe it, very little middle ground.
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