As you go through high school and college, you’ll need to make some decisions about your future. And it can help to see how others have dealt with similar issues. These students found that their interests and life experiences helped them figure things out.
Q. How did you decide which college was right for you?
A. My interest in [my college] goes back to science fair. There were people [from the college] presenting at a
science fair I participated in. They came up to me and said, "We've got this great field station that would be
great for your research."
"Nathan, college freshman
Something about the students [resonated] with me: even though they all seem to be on a mission to do super things, they never stop being human.
"Osasumwen, college freshman
The program, the people and the campus were all pointing me toward [my college]. The only reason for me to pick the other school was the prestige factor, which I ruled out because I didn’t feel that I would be happy there.
"Daria, college sophomore
Q. How did you choose a major?
A. I was a tutor. Working with the students made me realize that I love teaching. It was then that I found focus in my life. I wanted to major in history and teach at a high school.
"Idahnell, college sophomore
When I took the general microbiology course, I marveled at how diverse bacteria are, how little is known about them and what they can be used to do. At that point, I knew that I wanted to work with microbes and also that I was interested in the idea of genetic modification. I found exactly what I was looking for in the biotechnology major.
"Ankur, college senior
I took a good introduction to engineering course in high school. I don't think I could have told you what an engineer does exactly before that.
"Amanda, college senior
Q. How did you decide which career was right for you?
A. I was watching a talk show. They had on some ladies who were trying to lose weight and a nutritionist who talked about how to do it. Everything the nutritionist told them, I already knew. I got really excited about that, and I realized that I wanted to go into nutrition.
"Jessica, college junior
I think that conducting research was the best part of my curriculum, because I got to put what I learned in the classroom into action and come up with results that no one else ever has. It let me know that working in a lab is in fact what I want to do in my career.
"Ankur, college senior
I am so glad I approached everything on the path to where I am today with an open mind, from picking that photography class to … attending the summer art program at [my college]. My goal right now is to become a graphic designer.
"Alexander, college freshman