From The Hill to the Real World: Majors and Careers
With the Hopkins school year coming to a close, the Class of 2019 is looking to what their future holds.
When going on to college from Hopkins, one of the biggest questions, if not the biggest question, is always “What am I going to major in?” To find out what talents and interests graduates will pursue, The Razor sent a survey to seniors asking what they are planning to major in, and what careers they are considering. Sixty-five students responded, giving us a wide range of interests and hopes for their futures.
The most popular college major chosen was “other,” winning the poll with 23.2 percent of the total voters. Second place was medicine, at 23.1 percent. Other popular majors included business, arts, and engineering.
Zaryah Gordon ’19 explained what field she hopes to major and eventually work in: “I really want to major in biological sciences, and then eventually be- come a gynecologist. Being able to help out women and girls and keep them healthy would be such a great career—women are great! I want to keep them healthy.”
Caitlyn Chow ’19 elaborated on her future college major: “Business analytics because I love combining mathematical models and real-world data to drive decisions. It’s also heavily related to the automotive/AI industry that I’ve always
been passionate about, and with such a degree I would have more opportunities to work abroad in places like Hong Kong!” Less popular majors included astronomy, philosophy, neurobiology, and diplomacy.
In a second question, The Razor asked seniors what job or occupation they want in the future. Though the “Other” category captured the most responses, students saw themselves entering a variety of fields.
Paige DeVoe ‘19 detailed her hopes for a future occupation in medicine: “I would like to work in the field of medicine because I have always loved studying science, especially biology, and I believe that it is a great way to give back to our communities and a great opportunity to discover new cures to illnesses.”
Majors and jobs can seem faroff for seniors. As Audrey Braun ’19 said, “Honestly I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up... but I think that’s ok because so many people change majors and career paths well into their lives and we are just high school seniors-we have plenty of time to figure it out.”