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Does College Major = IQ?

I stumbled upon a rather provocative article the other day: Your college major is a pretty good indication of how smart you are. Even before I read a word of it, I started thinking. As I’ve chronicled here before, I started out in Business Administration in college because, as an 18-year-old interested mainly in tennis and girls, I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do for a living.

I don’t know what that decision said about my IQ, but it turned out to be the wrong decision for me. My mind was numbed by numbers. (I just noticed that the first four letters of the word “numbers” are n-u-m-b. Coincidence?) Anyway, after a full semester of balance sheets and all-nighter statistics projects, I surrendered to my true love — music history and literature — and changed my major to that. Now I’m wondering if that put me into the double-digit IQ category.

Ultimately, I got my degree in MH&L and the broad liberal arts base that that major provided led me to a number of similarly themed jobs. For me, at least, it was the smart move. Now, how about those of you high school seniors out there who will be heading to your respective halls of ivy this fall? What are your plans for selecting your college major?

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