Students are probably more successful in school if they study what they are good at and what they are interested in. I recommend aptitude testing and an interest inventory prior to registering for a course of study. It doesn’t mean a student must register for organic chemistry if the aptitudes perfectly match those of doctors, but at least the student’s probability of success in school and in work will be greater. The Counseling Center at Princeton helped me to decide on a major by administering 40 hours of testing (do they still do that kind of thing?). I doubt I would have graduated had I not followed their recommendations.
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