Helping Teens Find Interests

High school students at any level are often intimidated by the prospect of determining what to study in high school and college. With my kids, we found it much easier to approach this question by eliminating the areas that did not interest them. 

We began an extensive list of college majors from a large university. My son was able to immediately remove all foreign language, literature and arts. We continued going through the majors and even had the opportunity to discuss professions that were new to him. We left on the list anything that was a reasonable possibility. We also could identify what he might be curious to further explore or try at a limited level. 

By the time we finished, he had narrowed his choices down to health fields, biological sciences and chemistry. He knew what academic direction to follow for the next few years without having to unduly narrow his choices.