What Should You Major In?

By: Zoe Samuel
Estimated Completion Time
4 min
What Should You Major In?
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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!
How academic are you?
Extremely academic
Not at all
Super academic
Pretty academic

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Do you love money?
No, but I need to make a good living
It's not my priority
No
Above all

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Are you good with your hands?
Very good
Extremely good
Not good
Occasionally good

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Do you play well with others?
Only if they are also educated
Only sometimes
Most of the time
Yes if there's a structure around us

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Do you suffer fools gladly?
Not at all
Yes, I'm tolerant
Most of the time
Only sometimes

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If sticking to your family background is important, what is that background?
Academics and scientists
Tradesmen
Lawyers, designers, writers
CEOs

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How are you with numbers?
Very good
Quite good
Weak
Stupendously good

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What sort of smart are you?
High IQ smart
Street smart
Book smart
People smart

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Are you willing to move for the right job?
Yes, frequently
I'd prefer not
If I must
Yes, but not too often

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What is academia to you?
My safe place
The worst sort of pretentious misery
Good for a short period of time
Not aggressive enough

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What's a company you admire?
Google
Balfour Beatty
McKinsey
Coca-Cola

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Whose career would you like to have?
Francis Crick
Charlie Ferer
Paula Vogel
Steve Wozniak

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When you give your prize acceptance speech to the mirror (as we all do), what prize is it for?
The Nobel
A humanitarian prize for giving back to my community
The Pulitzer
The Stevie

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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.

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How do you learn?
By trial and error
By doing
By listening
By reading

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What's your greatest fear in your ideal profession?
Not making my mark
Not maintaining the health I need for it
Not finding sustainable work
Not making a huge pile of money

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What's hell to you?
A manual job
A desk job
A repetitive job
A low paid job

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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

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What social ill would you like to help fix?
Disease
Low quality of life despite hard work
Ignorance
Poverty

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Who would bore you to be around every day?
Stupid people
Pretentious people
Non-creative people
Poor people

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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

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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 sure do!
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.

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Do you want to spend a lot of money on your degree, if it'll bear returns?
Probably
Nope
It won't bring me returns so it's just something I'll do for me, if at all.
Absolutely

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What percentage nerd are you?
100%
20%
50%
30%

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Are you sporty?
Aggressively un-sporty
Very
Not very
Quite

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What's a good reason to travel?
To research
To relax
To get inspired
To do business

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Do you think laterally?
I do lateral and linear as needed.
I'm a linear thinker.
Lateral is my great strength.
I can but prefer linear.

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Are you good at self-motivation?
Only OK
Quite good
Outstandingly good
Very good

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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.

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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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