Artist, scientist, mathematician or humanist? How to decide the area I want to study


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Your decision must be associated with your story and how you visualize the specific exercise of the career you choose.

Given the huge offer of careers, you may feel undecided about which area of ​​knowledge you would like to study. In this case, the first step is a process of self-knowledge and research on the different options that higher education institutions offer.

Regarding how to choose between art, science, mathematics, or humanism, among others, Consuelo Aldunate, psychiatrist and professor at the University of Alberni, points out that in general, you have to write my papers. “ It is very unlikely that someone would lean towards the artistic area without having a back story to back it up. It is observed that there is a relationship with the students who were in theater workshops at school, who played an instrument in school teaching, so it is about the consolidation of a process, ”he explains.

In the other three areas it is more complex because many times you can have an interest in knowledge, but not necessarily in the exercise of a profession. According to Aldunate, it is key that you can nourish yourself with the experiences of third parties. For example, in Medicine, in the first two years of the degree, there are branches that are not closely related to the discipline, such as basic sciences, anthropology, and others that make up the mesh. “ So students have a hard time imagining how they are going to perform clinically. That is why it is important to collect the experience of students who are in higher courses or practicing doctors ”, he points out.

The specialist adds that with a minimum of self-knowledge you can orient yourself on which area you are interested in and by investigating you can find different "niches" that better meet your expectations. “We have to see what alternatives we have, for example, in the artistic area, there are many options, such as Cinema, playing an instrument, Drawing, Advertising, for example. So you have to try to go down the narrowest path and widen the alternatives as much as possible to choose the one that interests you the most ”, he says.  

Other tools that we recommend you review to dispel doubts are the interest tests and the skills tests that can serve to guide you. Also, check out the Universia article with five tips to discover your vocation.

The decision to study is not easy, but the idea is that before applying you take the time to analyze which area and which career attracts you the most and define according to your interests. In the following infographic, you can find some of the characteristics that can guide you on the different areas of knowledge.