I have heard so many students and adults talk about floundering through the first few years of college not knowing what to major in and just decided to be "undecided" until they figured it out. With one year of college costs equivalent to that of a brand new car the decision to decide what to study in school has become crucial. One year at a four-year public school in Virginia for tuition alone is an average of $10,000. Tack on tuition and fees and you are looking at around $25,000 and that does not include the cost of a new computer, bedding for your dorm room, or fees to get involved in clubs and organizations.
Needless to say college is HUGE investment and it can impact the decisions you make for the rest of your life. As adults we understand what debt can do to our lives but young adults live for the moment. So in the moment find out what you love to do and what you are good at. INTEREST + ABILITY with the advice from career professionals will led you to the right path. Informational interviewing with professionals is essential as well. Do not go through the motions of apply to colleges because that is what all of your peers are doing. Make an informed decision on the major and program that interests you. Interview the dean, talk to students, and sit in on a lecture. You would never buy a car without looking at it or test-driving it! So don't choose your college of choice based on its reputation. Make sure it fits you and your career goals! More to come on how to pay for school...