Assess Yourself

Before you begin to evaluate potential majors, it can be helpful to consider your own strengths, interests, and personal values. Knowing yourself enables you to choose a major that will likely be a good fit. Below, you will find some activities designed to help you reflect on what is important to you. If you are feeling unsure about this process, consider meeting with an Academic Advisor or Career Counselor.

Activity: Write your own personal mission statement

Take a few minutes and write down words that are important to you. Try to complete the statements “I am…” and “I value…” For example, you might write down words like creative, empathetic, discovery, independence, or knowledge. You may also consider questions like:

  • What motivates me?
  • What are my goals (personal, educational, or professional)?

Using the words you think are the most important, try to formulate a personal mission statement in 10 words or less. An example using the words above might read: I strive for knowledge and independence through discovery and creativity.

Now that you have written your personal mission statement, you can keep it in mind when starting to explore majors! As you start exploring, be sure to ask yourself: how does this major align with my core values?

For a more guided self-assessment, check out this FREE resource:

  • My Next Move on O*Net helps you explore careers regardless of where you are in the major and career exploration process. If you have some career ideas in mind, My Next Move allows you to search a database of occupations and industries. If you are less sure, you can take a brief, guided interest profiler that will suggest careers and industries based on your interests.

Want some more help?

  • Take a wide variety of classes during your first and second years through GURs and electives. This challenges you to learn more about yourself, strengths and weaknesses, and can introduce you to new interests.
  • Ask your family, friends and supervisors what characteristics and skills they see in you. How might these relate to a major or career?
  • Visit the Academic Advising Center and meet with an advisor who can help guide you through the declaration process, look at timelines to graduation, and possible future quarter schedules.
  • Visit the Career Services Center and take a career-related assessment to connect your interests and personality preferences to potential majors and careers. The Career Services Center offers two assessments and for each you will meet with a Career Counselor to discuss your results.